Recipients of the EXCELL Awards were chosen from among nearly 100 nominations submitted from around the world.
The 2013 EXCELL awardees are Dr. Bocar Mamadou Daff of Senegal; Dr. Mengistu Asnake of Ethiopia; Blue Ventures of the United Kingdom (for work in Madagascar); Banja La Mtsogolo of Malawi; and the Government of the Republic of Malawi.
Awardees were selected by a committee including donors, UN agencies, foundations and international NGOs. ICFP 2013 is the largest gathering focused on family planning, bringing together more than 3,000 participants from over 120 countries under the theme Full Access, Full Choice.
The EXCELL awards look towards the future of family planning by recognizing and acknowledging individuals, organizations and countries who are leading the way forward in family planning.
The EXCELL awards celebrate achievements, highlight best practices, and engender both a meaningful dialogue and a sense of healthy competition within the global family planning community.
“Malawi was chosen clearly because of its strong policy and commitment to family planning which has seen programs thrive especially increasing access to and modern contraceptive methods and services and as BLM, we are happy to play our part to that developing story,” says Nicky Mathews, Country Director for Banja La Mtsogolo from Blantyre.
Malawi’s Minister of Health Catherine Gotani Hara and MoH Principal Secretary Dr. Charles Mwansambo received the award for the Malawi government while BLM Director of Clinical Services, Prisca Masepuka accepted the accolade for her organization.
The family planning red carpet event also saw a major milestone unveiled at the conference -The Programming Strategies for Postpartum Family Planning - a joint effort by the World Health Organization, USAID, the United Nations Population Fund and ministries of health from many countries including Malawi. It is a roadmap for countries for designing effective postpartum family planning programs at both the local and national levels – BLM will be piloting these strategies along with other FP partners in Malawi in the coming year.