Maternal health

Every day some 830 women die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth. Many more have serious injuries or long-lasting consequences. 

IPPF works around the world to improve maternal health through our clinics and outreach services and by training health workers, improving the availability of essential medicines and strengthening health systems.

“People think many things of sex workers. They shout at them, speak ill of them, think they are bad people,” says Rachael Banda, a 32-year-old community reproductive health promoter for the Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) in the sleepy ...
Rodrick is a trained Social Media Agent for SheDecides, a movement empowering youth to champion the rights of girls and women to make choices about their lives and bodies and have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education.
Alinafe runs one of the Family Planning Association of Malawi's mobile clinics in the village of Chigude. Under the hot midday sun, she patiently answering the questions of staff, volunteers and clients – all while heavily pregnant herself.
Meet Jennipher, a Youth Action Movement (YAM) volunteer lives in a village outside of Lilongwe, Malawai, where unintended pregnancies amongst young women and girls like her are an everyday reality.
Mary is a 30-year-old sex worker, trained by the Family Planning Association of Malawi to work as a sex worker peer educator through the Linkages project.
In Chigude, a usually quiet rural village in northern Malawi, young people gather around two tables laughing and chatting animatedly. On one table, they are playing a traditional mancala board game Bawo. On the other, volunteers demonstrate putting a condom ...
In 2017, the Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) refused to sign the Global Gag Rule and consequently lost vital US funding forcing lifeline projects such as Linkages, which provided care to sex workers, to close. By signing the GGR policy, FPAM would be going against what it stood for at the heart of its mission – to offer integrated healthcare in one place no matter how remote.
The Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) is delivering healthcare through the support of the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH2Action) programme in Lilongwe and Kasungu, with a focus on young women and girls.
Cyclone Idai tore through Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on 14 March, leaving hundreds dead and impacting close to 2 million people. IPPF, along with our Member Associations and partners, are on the ground assessing needs and delivering crucial healthcare services.
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Malawi has one of the most comprehensive laws against child marriage in Africa after a new bill was passed in 2017 increasing the legal marital age from 15 to 18-years-old. The Marriage Act of Malawi in 2017 protects any girl ...