From Herbs to Contraceptives

Shupi Siliko, 23, from Efelemu Village, Group Village Head Jombo ,Traditional Authority Ngabu in Chikwawa District, has stopped using herbs and switched to modern family planning (FP) methods.

Her husband, Raphael, recalls that Siliko, like many other women in the village, used to take local herbs for contraceptives.

“However, the method was not as effective and my wife could still conceive,” Raphael narrates.

So , one day Shpi Siliko attended a workshop on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV and Aids and gender-based violence (GBV), courtesy of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) project. The project is being implemented in the District by  Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (CRECCOM).

Siliko received the training as a member of an out-of-school club AGYW established.

After learning about various FP methods, Siliko decided to start using modern contraceptives.

She discussed it with her husband, after which they visited a clinic for directions.

“In the past, people did not observe child spacing. So, they had many children they struggled to take care of. I could be one of them, but I thank AGYW project for opening my eyes,” she says.

AGYW project is helping women adopt positive health behavior, including the use of SRH services to protect themselves from HIV, unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

According to the 2016 Demographic Health Survey (DHS), Chikwawa’s low contraceptive uptake is among the contributing factors to the high fertility rate of 5.7 to 6.1 percent per woman.

The AGYW project is funded by Global Fund through Action Aid Malawi.

Written By: AGYW Officer

Edited By: Ayami Mkwanda (Nation Publications Limited)

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