Female Condom Uptake Still Low

By Michael Gwarisa

UPTAKE of female condoms is currently at 0.1% owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being cultural and religious beliefs, HealthTimes has learnt.

Briefing a Media Workshop organised by UNFPA in Kadoma  this morning, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) Assistant Director Evaluation and Research Lovejoy Gamba said they intend to reduce teenage pregnancies from 24% to 12% by 2020.

“The ZNFPC aims to increase Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) from 59% to 68% and reduce teenage pregnancy from the current 24% to 125 by 2020. We have however discovered that more urban women use contraception than rural counterparts in Zimbabwe

“Female condom usage in Zimbabwe is still very low, currently at 0,1% despsite the fact that 10% of married women have an unmet need for family planning,6% for spacing,4% for limiting number,” said Gamba.

He added that 17 % of youths are already mothers while an additional 5% are pregnant with 1st child.

In 2015, condom usage in Zimbabwe was reported to have been 104 million male, and 5.2 million female condoms – the highest in the world.

Meanwhile, it has also emerged that uptake of traditional contraceptives has hugely declined as more and more people now prefer new methods such as the Pill among others.

According to statistics released by ZNFPC, use of modern contraceptives per province has increased of late,  Bulawayo and Mashonaland West each recorded a 71% consumption rate followed by Harare which recorded 70%, Mashonalnd East 96%, Midlands province 67%, Mat North 66%, Mash Central 65%, Masvingo 61%, Mat South 60% and Manicaland 57%.

 

 

 

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