The First Lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika, on Friday committed to champion family planning initiatives in the country in a bid to reduce maternal and child mortality as well as HIV.
Madam Mutharika made the commitment at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe when the Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) conferred on her the responsibility of Patron for the organisation.
Speaking at the ceremony, Madam Mutharika described her new role as another good platform to advance the cause in maternal and child health as well as the fight against HIV.
She hailed FPAM for the leadership it is providing in the provision of Sexual Reproductive Health services in Malawi to ensure that the population including young people enjoys good health.
“As a Patron of FPAM I will endeavour to ensure that FPAM continues to serve the nation to achieve its objectives through enhancing its visibility and supporting its agenda. I accept this role because it is in line with my OAFLA work plan objectives of a Malawi that is free from HIV and AIDs, maternal and Child health mortality where women and children are empowered to enjoy equal opportunities,” Madam Mutharika said.
She further commended the work that other organisations are doing in the national response to reduce HIV and maternal and child mortality.
FPAM board chairperson Lilian Ng’oma explained that the her organisation has bestowed the responsibility on Madam Mutharika because of the passion and the leadership that the First Lady has demonstrated in championing women issues and girl child education.
“Our role is to provide youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services and we strongly believe that with your passion for girls education, reducing maternal and child mortality as well as women empowerment your leadership is essential to take our organisation forward,” Ng’oma said.
FPAM was established in 1999 with the aim of providing comprehensive youth friendly reproductive health services