Family Planning Association of Malawi (Fpam) has donated 38 bicycles to community-based distribution agents in Chiradzulu to ease their mobility challenges.
Speaking on Thursday during the handover, Fpam executive director Donald Makwakwa said the bicycles will enable the volunteers to go to hard-to-reach areas with family planning services.
He said: “In the past two years, we have seen an increase in the number of teen pregnancies.
“We, therefore, want to accelerate the uptake of contraceptives among the youth.”
Makwakwa said the recently-trained agents will provide door-to-door services.
On her part, Ministry of Health Reproductive Health director Fanny Kachale said Fpam is complementing government’s efforts in scaling up the uptake of contraceptives in the country.
“I am pleased that the project mainly targets the youth who are mostly left out in sexual and reproductive health services,” she said.
Chiradzulu District director of health and social services Jameson Chausa said the district registers approximately 3 000 deliveries a year that include youths.
The association also donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and other items worth over K4 million.
With funding from UNFPA, Fpam is implementing Improve Access to Reproductive Health/ Family Planning Commodities in Humanitarian Settings Project in the district.