Skip to comments.USAID: $10.4 Million to ‘Empower’ Girls in Malawi to Use Birth Control
Posted on 07/21/2014 5:43:03 AM PDT by xzins
(CNSNews.com) -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to spend up to $10.4 million in taxpayer dollars to empower young girls in Malawi to use birth control.
The grant is aimed at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV - which disproportionately infects young females in Malawi - even though such efforts have failed in the past.
As part of USAIDs Girls Empowerment through Education and Health Activity initiative, the grant will fund Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Family Planning (FP) education for girls ages 10-19.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Services are defined in the grant announcement as family planning, HIV testing and counseling, volunteer male medical circumcision and HIV treatment.
USAIDs family planning initiative joins the "global partnership" pushing Family Planning 2020 in its aim to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020.
The grant seeks to remedy what it calls the insufficient provision of quality adolescent Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) education and services for youth to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, in Malawi.
It explains that sexual acts that resulted in a pregnancy also place girls at risk for leaving school and/or contracting HIV, citing a study carried out by the Population Council in Malawi which highlights pregnancy and marriage as the two frequently reported reasons for early school discontinuation among girls.
The grant cites the 2010 Malawi Demographic Health Survey (MDHS) which shows that HIV continues to disproportionately affect females, particularly young women. In 2010, the HIV prevalence rate for girls 15-19 years of age was 4.2 percent compared to 1.3 percent for boys.
The grant calls for an increased capacity and level of comfort to teach about SRH, FP, and HIV, saying it is critical for ensuring that youth learn the correct information about these topics, and names the adoption of risk mitigation and pregnancy prevention behaviors as a goal.
However, the 2010 MDHS reveals that despite a dramatic increase in the use of modern family planning in Malawi over the past decade, HIV prevalence has remained essentially unchanged.
Nationwide, use of family planning has increased since the last MDHS in 2004, when just 28% of currently married women were using a modern method of family planning. Currently 42% of currently married women are using a modern method of family planning, according to the MDHS.
The 2004 MDHS found that 11.8% of the total population in Malawi is HIV positive. Though the 2010 MDHS found a slightly lower overall HIV prevalence, the decrease is not statistically significant and does not signify true changes in the population, the MDHS explains.
Given that the increase in the use of modern family planning services in Malawi has not resulted in any significant decrease in HIV in the general population, why would it be taught to school children as a means to prevent HIV? CNSNews.com asked USAID, Will other methods of HIV prevention be taught?
However, USAID did not respond to these questions by press time.
The grant also aims to improve reading skills for girls in upper primary school and decrease key structural and cultural barriers for girls access to schooling. The grant announcement claims that along with SRH education, this will lead to improved achievement of girls in upper primary and secondary school.
USAID has announced that it will award between $4.5 million and $10.4 million on this initiative. The grant was announced on June 19 and USAID said it will accept applications until September 3, 2014.
Surprised they don’t want to force Hobby Lobby to pay for it.
Gross waste of American taxpayer funds. Useless initiative. It’s simply a way of greasing palms and hiding money, passing it to some preferred leadership in Malawi or elsewhere.
How does birth control prevent the spread of HIV if there is no condom involved. Abstinence can prevent the spread of HIV, why no promote that?
Rush really is right. Abortion is a sacrament for the Democrat party and feminazis.
how can promoting pregnancy-free promiscuity among female preteens lower the HIV rate?
Life is already tough enough in Africa for young women with the double standard that accepts promiscuity in men
The conservative Christian ethic in Malawi must be under assault by the globalist progressives, abstinence before marriage being all “judgmental” and all
I guess the people who write this trash never expect the press to ask a critical and obvious question
Our wonderful president pours more taxpayer dollars down the crapper.
Why doesn’t he just stack ‘em up, pour gasoline on ‘em, and light a match?
I have come to the conclusion that the entire body of congress, who controls the nations purse strings, has completely lost their collective minds. What the hell is wrong with this country? We are paying $10.4 million dollars towards birth control to a foreign nation when we can’t help the people of our own country like our veterans who get “screwed” out of getting help? The whole damn bunch needs to be sent packing before we come to them “packing”.
The more US jobs he kills (read: income taxes) the more money he wastes on people who don’t pay any taxes.
Chemical castration. That’s what I call a war on women.
Let’s not stop the child molesting going on that AIDS guys think can be cured by sex with a virgin, let’s just give them birth control!
They know the press won’t ask real questions
The best and cheapest preventative is a baby asprin held between their knees.
How about spending 1/10th of that in Chicago to stop breeding gang members???
‘I have come to the conclusion that the entire body of congress, who controls the nations purse strings, has completely lost their collective minds.’
Pssst; hey, buddy - you grease my palm, I’ll vote your bill.
No, they haven’t lost their minds, they’re just hopelessly and perpetually corrupt.