Dedza increases family planning methods usage by 23 percent

Dedza, Dedza District Family Planning Unit has announced that the number of women using modern family planning methods has increased by 23 percent.

District Family Planning Coordinator Luka Mgona told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the increase from 36 percent to 59 percent is due to a number of programs that partners are implementing in the district to reach out the rural areas for women to have easy access to family planning services.

The district has managed to increase number of women using family planning methods because of financial support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFP) which has enabled us to reach out to a large number of women with the services, said Mgona.

He further added that during the community outreach clinics that they have been conducting, women were coming in large numbers and many of them opted for the long-lasting method like Implanon and Jadelle implants.

In her remarks, one of the women that had taken her family planning method during an outreach clinic in Chinkombero village, in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kamenyagwaza, Joyce Kandulu commended the officials from Dedza Family Planning Unit for bringing the services close to them.

For quite some time, I have been failing to go to hospital to take any family planning method because the hospital that is close to us is Christian Health Associating of Malawi (CHAM) hospital which does not offer the service. With the coming in of this program of outreach clinics, we are now able to easily access any service we want related to family planning, explained Kandulu.

She added that using family planning method has helped a lot of women like her to have a family that they can easily take care of.

Group Village Headman Chinkombero commended government for the efforts towards provision family planning services saying it’s very vital for managing the fast growing population in the country.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA