Policy Development


The Malawi government has repositioned family planning, as a development issue, not just a health issue.

— Dr. Charles Mwansambo,
Principal Secretary for Health, Malawi

Malawi has been especially vulnerable to impacts of climate change, including floods and droughts and decreased food security. The household hunger and poverty disproportionately affects women who are primary providers of child care, feed their families and collect wood and water for households.

As a country with a high rate of child marriage, Malawi is working to combat the harmful practice through legislation, education for girls, and working with traditional community leaders to end the cultural practice and recognize the rights of women and girls.

The Resolve Award

The Resolve Award celebrates country-level, public sector leadership in driving innovations in reproductive health policy development, service delivery, and financing mechanisms. The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC) recognizes national governments for their leadership and for serving as the hub around which civil society, the private sector, donors, and so many others engage.

The GLC celebrated the Malawi government with the 2012 Resolve Award special mention for their efforts to reposition family planning as a key development strategy and training community based distribution agents.

Since family planning policies were liberalized in 1992, the country’s contraceptive prevalence rate had increased from 7% to 46% in 2010 (World Bank)

The total fertility rate has declined from 7.3 children per woman in the 1980’s to 5.7 in 2010