Last week, our team in Malawi welcomed the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps, to a Banja la Mtsogolo (BLM) centre in Lilongwe. Impressed by the impact its family planning programme has in the local community, he pledged DFID's continued support.
The visit gave Shapps the opportunity to become more familiar with BLM’s family planning programme - a programme which the UK has been co-supporting for many years and which in 2014 provided contraception for almost one million people.
Our country director in Malawi, Nicky Matthews, welcomed Shapps upon arrival at Area 25 Clinic and gave him an overview of BLM before introducing him to the team, who took him through the centre, giving a walkthrough of the usual client experience.
Shapps was eager to understand how the family planning programme worked at both community and national level. Clients that day included women and men of various age groups, demonstrating to the DFID visitors the relevance of the clinic for local communities.
“This is wonderful work you are doing here and the UK government remains committed to supporting you in making a difference in the lives of communities you serve”