Evaluation of Youth-Friendly Health Services in Malawi

This evaluation of youth-friendly health services (YFHS) in Malawi was conducted by the Malawi Ministry of Health’s Reproductive Health Department, USAID, E2A, and University of Malawi’s Centre for Social Research. Technical and/or financial support was provided by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The evaluation does the following:

  1. Assesses the extent to which YFHS standards and the minimum package of YFHS have been implemented.
  2. Examines factors that influence uptake of YFHS at the district and zonal levels.
  3. Determines the coverage of YFHS.

The evaluation also provides key findings related to the sexual and reproductive health of young people in Malawi (knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, etc.), and offers recommendations to the Government of Malawi to improve YFHS.

The quantitative component of the evaluation was conducted in 10 districts selected from the 5 zones of Malawi: Mzimba and Karonga (North), Dowa and Kasungu (Central East), Lilongwe and Ntcheu (Central West), Mangouchi and Phalombe (South East), and Nsanje and Chiradzulu (South West). The qualitative data were collected in 5 of the 10 districts (1 district per zone).