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Malawi impresses on modern contraceptives uptake

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By Josephine Chinele In Kigali, Rwanda:

Malawi is one of the three countries registering remarkable results in modern contraceptive usage after Mozambique and Liberia.

Family Planning 2020 (FP 2020) Managing Director, Martyn Smith, said this at a pre-conference press briefing ahead of the opening of the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) underway in Kigali, Rwanda.

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FP 2020 is a leading global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide freely whether, when and how many children they want to have.

Smith said, since 2012, when Malawi made its commitment alongside other countries, it has been in acceleration phase with a growth of 1.5 percent annual modern contraceptive growth rate.

“This is very impressive and it is obvious that Malawi will surpass its provision of modern contraceptives to 60 percent by the year 2020. Malawi is on track as [when it comes to meeting] its goal [it] is at 46 percent,” he said.

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The FP2020 (Malawi) Core indicators for 2018 show that an estimated 2,160,000 Malawian women are using a modern method of contraception.

The Core indicator report indicates that, as a result of modern contraceptive use, 830,000 unintended pregnancies have been prevented. This is an increase from 545,000 in year 2012.

It further indicates that 183,000 cases of unsafe abortion have been averted, an increase from 120, 000 in the year 2012.

The report adds that 3,800 maternal deaths have been averted, an increase from 2,500 in the year 2012.

The Core indicator also shows that Malawi is on track to achieve the FP 2020 projection as it is faring well in having additional users of modern contraception, modern contraception prevalence rate, meeting the demand satisfied for modern contraception and addressing unmet needs.

A report titled ‘FP2020: Catalysing Collaboration (2017-2018)’ indicates that there is 46 million more users of modern contraceptives than in year 2012, when to FP2020 was launched, and 30 percent higher than the historic trend.

The Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) of 2015-16 indicates that 49.8 percent of Malawian women are on injectable contraception, 3.8 percent on pills, 5.8 percent are using condoms, 18.4 (women) have had sterilisation , 1.8 have an Intra Uterine Device (IUD) and 19.9 percent are using implants. The DHS indicates that 0.2 percent of Malawian men have had sterilisation.

The ICFP has attracted more than 3,700 delegates from across the world. Held under the theme ‘An Investment In Family Planning Brings A Lifetime of Returns’, the meeting runs from November 12 to 15 in Kigali, Rwanda.

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