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Press release: 

Partnership between Banja la Mtsogolo and the Ministry of Health remains strong

Lilongwe, 05th December 2012 

The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that Banja la Mtsogolo (BLM), a Marie Stopes (MS) supported organization has been working in collaboration with the Ministry for over two decades.  BLM complements the efforts of the Ministry of Health in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality through provision of family planning services especially Long Acting and Permanent methods; and management of Sexually Transmitted Infections.

BLM has 450 outreach sites across the country covering both Ministry of Health as well as Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) catchment areas.  It also has Blue Star Clinics where the private sector is empowered to provide family planning services especially to the rural and peri-urban areas. 

The Ministry of Health therefore, wishes to reaffirm its support towards BLM in assisting Malawians in accessing health care and is very pleased with the work that BLM is doing in the country.  The Ministry recognises that engagement with the private sector is important and should be   encouraged as it assists in reaching out to more clients hence reducing the unmet need as regards family planning. 

As a Ministry, it is pleasing to note that BLM is increasing provision of Long Acting Permanent methods because this is the only way that our country can increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is currently low and reduce the total fertility rate in Malawi which is presently high. 

The Ministry of health wishes to inform the general public that at the recent meeting with Dana Hovig, Global Chief Executive Officer of Marie Stopes International, the Vice President of the Republic of Malawi and Minister of Health, the Right Honourable Khumbo Kachali said and quoted , “I would like to thank, MSI, BLM and its leadership for the tremendous contribution they make to the lives of the people of Malawi every day. The women and men of Malawi can rest assured that they can continue to access sexual and reproductive health services from a quality organisation that they can trust.”

The Ministry of Health is therefore proud to work with BLM and look forward to continuing our successful partnership for many years to come.