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Maternal & Neonatal Care

Directorate for Reproductive Health was established in1997 in response to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, Egypt in 1994.

The core mandate of the Directorate is to: coordinate the integration of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (SRH) at all levels; develop SRH Policies, Strategy and Guidelines; guide implementation of SRH services as well as monitor and evaluate SRH services. The directorate exists to promote through informed choice, safer reproductive health practices by men, women and young people, including increased use of high quality, accessible sexual and reproductive health rights and services

The goal of the RH Programme is: toimprove sexual & reproductive health for all men, women and young people in Malawi, especially the vulnerable and underserved. The RH programme purpose is: to promote through informed choice, safer reproductive health practices by men, women and young people, including increased use of high quality, accessible reproductive health services

 

Current and feature plans and activities

The key interventions and programmes being currently implemented by the department to improve access to quality SRHR services and also reduce maternal and neonatal mortality include:

•      Family Planning

•      Maternal and Newborn Health (ANC, Labor & Delivery, Newborn, Postnatal, Post Abortion Care including skilled birth attendance and emergency obstetric care services).

•      Youth Friendly Health Services

•      RH Cancers

•      Obstetric Fistula

•      Mitigation of harmful practices

•      Essential newborn care (HBB)

•      PMTCT

•      Community MNCH initiatives

•      Effective referral system

Specifically, the national FP programme of the RHD seeks to reduce unmet need for family planning services, unintended pregnancies as well as socio-economic disparities in contraceptive use through provision of voluntary comprehensive family planning services at all levels to all men, women and young people of reproductive age. Its objective is to strengthen availability, access to and utilization of family planning services at health facility and community levels.

Similarly, the MNCH programme being currently implemented by the RHD aims to increase access to and availability of quality Maternal and Neonatal Health services along the Household to Hospital Continuum of Care following the Life Cycle Approach and to improve the demand and utilization of Maternal and Neonatal Health services at all levels so as to reduce the high maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the country. In this regards, RHD has maintained its approach of improving access to Skilled Birth Attendants (SBA) at childbirth and improving availability of and access to quality Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC).

SRHR services in Malawi are provided at three levels that include: primary level comprising of the community, health posts, dispensaries, health centers and rural hospitals; secondary level comprises of district and CHAM hospitals while the tertiary level consists of the central hospitals and one private hospital with specialist services. The RHD will continue to strengthen the delivery of these current activities so as to sustain the gains achieved thus far towards the achievements of the health related MDGs.