Female Condom use stagnates in Malawi
The Ministry of Health has bemoaned stagnation in the use of female condoms which it said is now at one million per year.
Deputy Director responsible for Reproductive Health Diana Khonje said this is the case because studies are showing that the people who would be female condom users are either not aware of their existence or they do not have the correct information of how to properly use them.
She was speaking in Lilongwe yesterday when she officially opened Female Condom Training of Trainers training organised by Hunger Project targeting four districts each from the country’s four regions.
Khonje therefore applauded the training initiative saying Malawi now requires innovative ways of reaching out to women, men, boys and girls with information about female condoms.
“We need special messages for our men and boys. There is greater need for them to accept the female condoms,” she said.
Hunger Project National Director Rowlands Kaotcha said the Female Condom (FC2) Education Project his organisation is carrying out will run for 12 months with financial assistance of over US$170 000 from US based Female Health Company.
“The goal of this project is to contribute towards increased advocacy, access, correct and consistent use of female condoms by both male and female sexually active groups in Malawi,” he said.
Kaotcha said they are implementing the project with different partners including Church and Society of the Livingstonia Synod in Nkhatabay in the north, Youth Network and Counselling (Yoneco) in Balaka in the East, Family Planning Association of Malawi (Fpam) in Lilongwe in the centre while they are in Chikhwawa in the south.