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We love this #vintage ad from @FPACharity advocating getting educated on #familyplanning ! It is as important today as it has ever been. #WheresTheFP #TBT

Pig intestines used as condoms?!? See this and more of History's Worst Contraceptives here: https://t.co/JZHqdN401r #WherestheFP #TBT

The face of vulnerability is adolescent girls & key populations. We need to think about #SDGs & what it means to live w full dignity. Prevention implies access to information, timely respectful services & understanding we are in a time of crisis. @UNFPA
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We love the implant & all other forms of #contraception allowing millions to plan & space #pregnancies. How #empowering is that?! #WheresTheFP

Our wisdom: increasing access to #familyplanning helps women go further in their education, work & life! #WheresTheFP

A 16-year-old girl living with HIV asked for a hug. This is how people responded.

#AIDS2018

Leaving no one behind means placing women at the center of the decision-making spaces in the HIV response. https://t.co/kNhzGjBbrp #AIDS2018 @AIDS_Conference

Breaking out of our echo chambers: cutting through the noise with creative storytelling about HIV. https://t.co/BiKfwjh98k. #AIDS2018

Human rights are far more than just inspiring words. They are the foundations of our progress, indispensable for peace and sustainable development. https://t.co/a1HgGD42zS via @antonioguterres

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Malawi

Malawi has a growing demand for family planning, with three-quarters of married women desiring contraception. Yet because of the Malawian family planning program’s success in meeting that demand, the country has one of the highest contraceptive prevalence rates in Africa. Use of modern contraception increased from 28% of married women in 2004 to 42% in 2010.

More work needs to be done, especially with large numbers of youth  entering their reproductive years. Malawi will need to continue positive growth in modern contraceptive use through concerted efforts to improve the supply of family planning, establish an enabling environment, and continue to increase demand for information and services.

EngenderHealth’s RESPOND Project began working in Malawi in 2010 to provide the government and local partners with technical assistance for research, advocacy, and program planning. RESPOND worked with the Ministry of Health to identify areas of Malawi’s national family planning program that needed special attention, including expanding the availability of long-acting reversible contraception and of permanent methods, as well as responding to the sexual and reproductive health needs of youth.

RESPOND introduced EngenderHealth’s Reality Check tool to build national and district-level capacity to use evidence for advocacy and planning to reach their family planning goals. The tool was recently used during the development of Malawi’s first ever Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan, launched in September 2015.

In 2014, RESPOND introduced COPE® for Contraceptive Security, a quality improvement methodology designed to assist districts and facilities to address stock-outs of family planning methods and related supplies at the local level. COPE, which stands for client-oriented, provider-efficient services, reflects the need to keep clients’ rights as well as providers’ needs in mind while tackling challenges at the facility level. Since implementing the approach in two districts, stock-outs of family planning supplies were reduced and teamwork was improved up and down the contraceptive supply chain. Read more in our technical brief, On the Road to Contraceptive Security: Interim Results from a Quality Improvement Approach in Malawi (PDF, 256KB).

Today, at the request of the Ministry of Health, EngenderHealth is continuing its work to implement and scale up COPE for Contraceptive Security through an Innovation Fund grant from the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. We are working in 10 districts in Malawi, at a total of 60 health facilities, with the goal of ensuring that contraceptive methods are reliably available.

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