Malawi doing well on Family Planning -FP2020 progress report

Written by  Winnie Agnes Botha

Malawi is one of the 69 countries in the world that made a commitment through the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), to ensure universal access to contraceptives and address inequities and inequalities when it comes to the provision of modern contraceptives.

Martyn Smith - Family Planning 2020 Martyn Smith - Family Planning 2020

The country made the commitment in 2012 and has managed to reach women in remote areas who have been in most cases left out on modern family planning methods since many relied on natural ways which are in most cases difficult to adhere to.

The just released FP2020 progress report at the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition meeting in Brussels Belgium shows that Malawi is one of the countries in Africa doing extremely well on issues of family planning alongside Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.

How is Malawi Fairing?

The report shows that the 2016-17 demand satisfied for Married women on contraceptive 76% while unmet need is at 19%, while the number of all women on modern contraceptive has moved from 39% in 2012 to 46% in 2018 and the current trends show that modern contraceptive prevalence rate is growing with 2% each year.


Martyn Smith Managing Director for FP2020 say the country has managed to reach about 602,000 additional women on modern contraceptive use making the country move fast on meeting contraception demand after the 2012 FP 2020 commitment.

As of 2017 in Malawi, 1,948,000 women are using a modern method of contraception and as a result of that contraceptive use Malawi will avert 555,000 unintended pregnancies, 165,000 unsafe abortions and 2,000 maternal deaths.


Smith adds that although there are other issues that have to be looked into like the involvement of young people among others but Malawi generally is on the right track.

“The goal which Malawi set of meeting 60 % contraceptive unmet demand of all women regardless of who they are, age and where they stay, may look ambitious but at the rate the country is moving it is achievable,” he said.

FP2020 is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have.

Through the FP2020 UN member states are checked and rated on progress they have made on Family Planning in their countries following their commitments.

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