By Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications
Laurent Daniel is a loving husband and father in Mchinji, Malawi. To provide for his family, Laurent rides a bike taxi while his wife, Loness, farms, growing maize and ground nuts. Together, they have five children that range from 15-years-old to three months. It was after their fifth baby that Laurent and Loness decided they were finished having children.
Community health workers came to Laurent’s village, and he and Loness learned about different forms of contraception, such as injectables, implants, oral contraception and Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices (IUDs). In the end, Loness chose an IUD, and Laurent was very supportive of her decision.
In developing countries, contraception and knowledge about contraception options are often limited. As a result, every year there are more than 70 million unintended pregnancies, and every day more than 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In Malawi, this problem is significant, and many women feel disempowered to make family planning decisions that benefit their health.
To improve upon this problem, PSI distributes condoms and provides women with various forms of contraception. Loness got her IUD inserted at Tunza, one of PSI’s franchised health centers. Additionally, PSI promotes and distributes CARE female condoms, enabling women to make positive health choices.
Having a supportive husband, like Laurent, made all the difference for Loness. Together, Laurent and Loness are able to make family planning decisions, and have the family size they desire and can care for.
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