Are you Malawian, young and below the age of 25 years?
Did you know you can access free Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in government health facilities and through social marketing organizations and local NGOs that implement sexual and reproductive health services?
- Government health facilities provide free services to all Malawians including Sexual and Reproductive Health services & contraceptives to all people of reproductive age
- With increased government’s commitment to Sexual and Reproductive Health especially the re-positioning of family planning as a key strategy for addressing Malawi’s rapid population growth characterized by high adolescent pregnancies. The government of Malawi also made a commitment in July 2012 at the London Family Planning summit;
With the goal of “no parenthood before adulthood,” Malawi committed to raising the country’s contraceptive prevalence rate to 60% by 2020 with a focused increase in those aged 15 to 24.
- Banja La Mstongolo has been providing sexual and reproductive health services in Malawi since 1987. BLM aims to address maternal mortality while combating HIV/AIDS and unsafe abortion by ensuring that women have access to options in family planning, and the tools and knowledge necessary for preventing HIV infection; with emphasis on the provision of long-acting and permanent methods.
Did you know that through their clinics across the country BLM provides FREE Sexual and Reproductive Health services including comprehensive sexual reproductive health counseling and contraceptives to young people below the age of 25.
- Family Planning Association of Malawi FPAM is a member Association of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). FPAM works towards a world where women, men and young people everywhere have control over their own bodies, and therefore their destinies.
FPAM provides FREE contraceptive services to young people through their clinics and youth life centres in Kawale – Lilongwe, Dowa, Kasungu, Ntcheu, Dedza and Mangochi.
- Population Services International Malawi has since 1994 provided services on HIV prevention and reproductive health care. It reinvigorated its range of reproductive health strategies with the introduction of CARE-brand female condoms and SafePlan-brand contraceptive products and also provides Malaria prevention and water borne diseases prevention services
PSI Malawi in partnership with Ministry of Health – HEU have a 321 call service that provides information (on health, agriculture & gender through airtel numbers only). Young people can use this service to learn more about HIV and Contraception in a timely, private and confidential manner through one’s mobile phone; making it an effective and accessible source of information.
Through interpersonal communication agents affiliated to PSI Malawi social franchise network TUNZA Clinics; they provide vouchers to their community clients that they can use to access free contraceptives services from a TUNZA clinic in their community.
These partnerships for SRH and family planning are leveraging the reach, access and utilization of Sexual Reproductive Health services including HTC and long acting reversible contraceptives by young people. This initiative of providing free contraceptive services to youth recognizes the critical need of providing wide range of contraceptives to young people enabling young people to make voluntary informed choice on the contraceptive methods they want to use according to their stage in their life cycle.
These three organization are supporting government in strengthening Youth Friendly Health Services including HIV and AIDS components to effectively delivery information and services to young people.
if you are a young person looking for information and services regarding your sexual reproductive health Remember to use the 321 call service, services are provided for you for free at Service Delivery Points in the highlighted and affiliated facilities. Choose to learn more and prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, STI infections IT IS IN YOUR HANDS
Youth groups can also mobilize their members and youth in the community to access and utilize these services fully.
Why not try the services today “available and FRee”