EngenderHealth | 2012
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In September and October 2011, the RESPOND Project, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Malawian health ministry partners, spearheaded a review of Malawi’s family planning (FP) program, to better understand the factors that underpin its recent successes. In addition to a literature review, RESPOND conducted in-depth interviews with 42 key informants, including senior government officials and representatives of donor agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), national-level civil society institutions, service providers at the district and community levels, and local leaders. Community group discussions were also held with FP clients at the village level. This brief synthesizes the findings from the review, highlighting key achievements, relaying the story behind the FP program’s success, and looking to the future for sustaining and building on its remarkable progress.