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Malawi: Reproductive Health

Lilongwe, Malawi


Summary

Since 1998, Jhpiego has collaborated with the Reproductive Health Unit of the Ministry of Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development/Malawi to improve reproductive health services that meet the country’s needs. Jhpiego’s work has focused on the following key strategies and approaches:

-- Strengthening of provider skills through pre-service education and in-service training

-- Improvements to supervisory skills and systems

-- Development of improved information systems for reproductive health

-- Performance and quality improvement for infection prevention and control and reproductive health

-- Expansion of postabortion care services

-- Strengthening of family planning services, including emergency contraception and reintroduction of the IUD

-- Strengthening of cervical cancer prevention services through the introduction of visual inspection of the cervix using acetic acid, a low-cost approach to cervical cancer prevention

-- Development and provision of information, education and communication materials for family planning

Strong collaborative partnerships with the Ministry of Health and other local partners are the cornerstone of Jhpiego’s approach. By partnering with the Ministry and supporting national programs, Jhpiego’s work is responsive to the government’s needs and is likely to be sustained long term. Jhpiego’s approaches to improving supervision and building the skills of health care providers incorporate a systems approach that is more sustainable than simply training providers. A wide-ranging portfolio of activities reflects a dynamic partnership between the Ministry and Jhpiego.

About Jhpiego: For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.

For more information, please visit our web site: www.jhpiego.org

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