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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 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.
Family Planning Association of Malawi's (FPAM) trains local sex workers to become peer educators within their community. Peer educators cover topics from STI treatment to gender based violence. The Global Gag Rule (GGR) forced this particular Linkages peer educator project to close in 2016.
Watch groups in rural areas are trained by staff from Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) to help advise the community on a wide range of sexual and reproductive issues, from family planning to gender-based violence. Mobile clinics that are responsible from training community members are facing closure due to the Global Gag Rule (GGR).
The Global Gag Rule (GGR) was designed to target abortion related healthcare but the impact is felt across all areas of sexual and reproductive healthcare. IPPF visited Malawi to document the impact on a female sex worker peer educator programme run by Family Planning Association of Malawi’s (FPAM).