US commends Malawi on family planning services

The United States government has commended Malawi for its work in carrying out Family planning services.

USAID Malawi Director Doug Arbuckle said at the opening of a two day national leaders conference currently underway at the Cross Roads Hotel in Lilongwe.

In his speech, Arbuckle said: “to slow population growth, Malawi has demonstrated its commitment to expanding Family planning services, which is reflected in the impressive gains in contraceptive prevalence rates reported in the recent Demographic and Health survey”.

Malawi's new Vice President Khumbo Kachali

Vice President and Minister of Health Khumbo Kachali opened the conference

He however noted that the recent high population growth has put tremendous pressure on the public resources.

Arbuckle then warned that further increase in population will affect the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy ll and the Malawi Development goals will be a lot more challenging.

The US representative further described Malawi as a country with high rate of experts in family planning issue hence there will be greatest improvement in family planning and economic issues.

“Malawi has the expertise and a wonderful community of family planning advocates and organisations that are completely devoted to ensuring that women access to family planning services” said Arbuckle.

He therefore assured the Malawi government of continued support on family planning issues from the US government.

“As a committed partner to Malawi’s economic growth, development and improved health, US Government is proud to be part of this event and join the Government in this commitment” he said.

Commenting on the conference, he said it is with hope that there will be a positive and fruitful outcome.

The conference was officially opened by the Minister of Health Khumbo Kachali who is also Malawi’s Vice president.

The conference which is being attended by members from the Civil Society, Religious groups, Traditional Authorities and local and international experts in health is expected to end this coming
Wednesday.

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