Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health

Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health

By training health workers to provide the self-injectable contraceptive Sayana Press MSH is increasing access to FP for many hard to reach populations in Malawi

Ensuring Availability and Accessibility of Quality Family Planning Services

Through the ONSE Health Activity, we supported Malawi’s Ministry of Health and Population in expediting the scale-up of Sayana Press, a new model of long-acting contraceptive protection for women and youth, in all districts. Using supportive supervision in 19 facilities, we provided on-the-job mentorship, joint problem solving, and communication training to build the competencies of health workers to provide Sayana Press across communities, helping to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality family planning services in hard-to-reach areas.

Building Better Health Behaviors and Services

The world loses nearly 300,000 women and more than 5 million young children each year to preventable causes. Providing quality health care to a woman, child, or adolescent requires a strong health system. A fundamental component of achieving high-quality primary health care is our focus on person-centered care, which aims to align clinical decisions with the preferences, needs, and values of women and their families to empower people to take charge of their own health and seek lifesaving health services. This approach builds trust in health systems; improves the responsiveness, quality, equity, and experience of care; and improves health outcomes. We work with local partners and communities to strengthen skills, policies, and practices that bring lasting change in the demand for and the availability and quality of health services. We actively engage women, children, and adolescents in the design and implementation of culturally respectful interventions that meet their needs and ensure good health throughout their lifetime. 

Our work:

  • Improves the competencies of health care workers 
  • Employs positive youth development approaches
  • Delivers essential services and quality standards across the continuum of care
  • Brings lifesaving maternal and child health innovations to scale
  • Offers peer support before, during, and after pregnancy

Increasing Access, Reducing Barriers and Improving the Quality of Services

Family planning (FP) at its most basic is the ability of women, men, and adolescents to make informed, voluntary decisions about the best health care options available to them that directly affect their reproductive goals.

Ensuring access to FP is vital to safe motherhood, healthy families, and prosperous communities. And yet, there are many barriers to FP, including remote or insufficient facilities, inadequate staffing or staff education, cultural and societal perceptions, and lack of knowledge about FP options. There are also gender barriers, and the added pressure of stigma and financial challenges youth face.

The Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s (ONSE) Health Activity FP activities focused on increasing access, reducing barriers, and improving the quality of FP services. ONSE worked with communities to strengthen their capacity and used smart capacity building approaches within facilities to strengthen processes and competencies on the job.