The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Health Policy Project
Primary Language: English
The Malawi government introduced the Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS) program in 2000 and in 2007 the Ministry of Health-Reproductive Health Directorate (MOH-RHD) developed Youth Friendly Health Services Standards with the aim of providing quality services to young people. In 2014, the MOH-RHD and the Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi, with assistance from the USAID-supported Evidence to Action project, conducted its first comprehensive evaluation of the YFHS program. The evaluation assessed the quality of YFHS compared to the existing national standards, in the context of the current sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of Malawian youth.
This brief summarizes the sexual knowledge and behaviour of youth in Malawi and suggests key questions for policy makers and program managers to consider in order to improve YFHS in Malawi.