Health Policy And Family Planning In Malawi

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A set of policies are principles, rules, and guidelines formulated or adopted by an organization to reach its long-term goals and typically published in a booklet or other form that is widely accessible. Policies and procedures are designed to influence and determine all major decisions and actions, and all activities take place within the boundaries set by them. Procedures are the specific methods employed to express policies in action in day-to-day operations of the organization. Together, policies and procedures ensure that a point of view held by the governing body of an organization is translated into steps that result in an outcome compatible with that view. (Business dictionary) In Malawi there are many health policies that influence…show more content…
Increased use of FP leads to large improvements in the health of mothers and children, the status of women, and economic development. FP ensures that women are able to delay their first pregnancy until they are physically and mentally ready to have children. FP allows women to space their children and gives mothers a chance to recover, build their own strength, and provide each child with adequate nutrition and attention. FP also helps couples with HIV to avoid unwanted pregnancies. It is also imperative to strengthen the integration of FP and HIV services to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and address the FP needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV). Given that over 50,000 HIV-positive pregnant women will be identified in Malawi’s PMTCT programme each year, efforts need to be made to enroll as many of them as possible within the new national pre-ART programme and ensure that FP counseling and referrals are essential components of the national pre-ART and ART programmes. At the community level, PLHIV networks should incorporate access to FP into their support groups (Malawi Ministry of Health. 2006. National Reproductive Health Strategy…show more content…
These policies, which are of critical concern, are known as “health in all policies”, based on the recognition that a population's health can be improved through policies that are mainly controlled by sectors other than health. The health content of school curricula, industry’s policy towards gender equality, or the safety of food and consumer goods are all issues that can profoundly influence or even determine the health of entire communities and that can cut across national boundaries. It is not possible to address such issues without intensive intersectoral collaboration that gives due weight to health in all

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