Britain committed to helping Malawi in family planning

Britain says it will continue assisting Malawi with basic resources especially for the rural people including family planning.

The British Under Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen Rothwell O’Brien, was speaking to the media after meeting the Malawi Vice President, Khumbo Kachali when the London Family Planning Summit closed.

He said that the British are already assisting Malawi in many areas examples of which are health, education and many more.

Veep in audience with Dana Hovig CEO for Marie Stopes International.-Photo by Sam Makaka/Mana

The Under Secretary said that organisations like United Nations Population Fund (UNFP) now have to look at how best to redeploy the additional resources pledged at the just ended Family Planning Summit.

However, O’brien emphasized that above all this they had also talked about good governance which will bring growth and economic resurgence.

“Above all we have also talked about good governance which will lead to a path of growth and economic resurgence in Malawi which is the best thing we can all do for the Malawi people,” O’Brien emphasized.


Also meeting the Vice President in audience at his hotel was Chief Executive of Marie Stopes International, an organisation which sponsors Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM) in Malawi.

He appreciated that BLM is making a huge success in the lives of Malawians as far as family planning is concerned and said that success always begets success and hoped that BLM’s activities will step up with availability of funds from the London Family Planning pledges for the good health of the Malawi women.

The Vice President also met Michael Radcliffe, Chairman of IT schools Africa and a member of the Guildford Lottery Eye Project.

Radcliffe disclosed that his organisation has donated about 6, 000 computers in 200 Malawi schools for training students in IT. He emphasized that IT is very important for young people nowadays and that is why his organisation will continue assisting schools in Africa including Malawi in this area.

On the part of Eye Projects, he said training of doctors to undertake eye operations is bearing huge fruits in Africa including Malawi giving sight to hopeless people some of whom thought they would die blind.

Finally, Radcliffe said he briefed the Vice President on another new programme of training sports trainers in degree qualifications. He said all sport be it football, netball or cricket needs well qualified trainers at least to a degree level.

Lastly to meet the Vice President was a representative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Laurie Lee, Director for Africa Global Policy and Advocacy.

He said he met the Veep mainly to have a postmodern of the London Family Planning Summit. He told the press that the Vice President has explained to him the Safe Motherhood Initiative the Malawi Government has launched and promised that Bill and Gates Foundation will look at the plans and see if they can help in one way or another.

British Under Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen Rothwell O'brien meeting the Vice President
Bill and Melinda Gates representative, Laurie Lee, Director for Africa Global Policy and Advocacy.-.-Photo by Sam Makaka/Mana
Michael Radcliffe Chairman of IT schools Africa and a member of the Guildford Lottery Eye Project meeting Veep.-.-Photo by Sam Makaka/Mana


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