IPPF Update – Malawi

Following advocacy by the Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM), the government delivered on its promise to include contraceptives in the national budget. FPAM worked with parliamentarians, traditional and religious leaders, and other non-governmental organizations to build their understanding of the effects of high fertility rates and the need for contraceptive security in the country. Previously, there was no official government commitment to ensuring contraceptive security in the country, and procurement of supplies was only possible through donor funds. Following the creation of the new budget line, FPAM has noted an improvement in the availability of contraceptive supplies in health facilities throughout the country.