Published On: Tue, Dec 13th, 2016

4-year family planning programme launched

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By Lizwe Sebatha
Zimbabwe’s National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) has launched a four-year family planning programme aimed at preventing more than three million unplanned pregnancies and abortions by 2020.

The Zimbabwe National Family Planning Strategy (ZNFPS) 2016-2020 and Zimbabwe National Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) 2016-2020 were launched by the ZNFPC at a local hotel in Bulawayo.

The ZNFPS and CIP are aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of family planning services in line with government’s commitment made at the London Family Planning Global Summit in 2012.

“The ZNFPS is meant to guide the guide the nation in the provision and coordination of quality family planning and related methods for the period 2016 to 2020.

“This is precipitated by the expiry of the 2009-2014 strategy, the current socio economic blueprint, ZimAsset, as well as the commitment the country and the government made in the London Family Planning Global Summit in 2012,” Nonhlanhla Zwangobani, the ZNFPC director technical services, said at the launch.

Government pledged to increase access to quality modern contraceptives to couples, women and girls by 2020 at the London summit.

Zwangobani said the 4-year family planning strategy is expected to improve demand for integrated family planning services as well as buttressing the supply chain management and security of all family commodities.

“This ZNFPS is cognizant of the need to create an enabling environment in the provision of integrated health services. We are going to be offering context based services addressing people’s needs, and supplying different range of contraceptives that meet the people’s choices, including both short and long term methods.”

Under the strategy, the ZNFPC plans to reduce teenage pregnancies from 22 to 12 percent by 2020, increase contraceptive prevalence rate from 65.6% to 68%, avert more than 7000 maternal deaths, 33 000 child deaths, 900 000 abortions, prevent more than 3 million unplanned pregnancies, among others.