Balloons, disinfectant, brandy used in attempts to prevent pregnancy

Fifty years ago, world leaders recognized family planning as a human right. Yet safe and reliable forms of contraception remain out of reach for hundreds of millions of people. UNFPA has collected dozens of examples of the ineffective – and even harmful – strategies people resort to while trying to prevent pregnancy, described in a new feature, “Unsafe, unreliable: Dangerous pregnancy prevention methods.” SOURCE: UNFPA These methods, often based on rumours and myths, range from damaging chemicals like disinfectants to household supplies like kitchen sponges. They include practices entirely without scientific…

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2.2 Million Zim Women Using Family Planning Methods

ZIMBABWE has a total of 2.2 million users of modern day family planning methods amidst indications that the country is close to attaining the 2020 target which aims to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR)  from the current 66 percent to 68 percent. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing a media conference ahead of the World Population Day celebrations 2018, Director Family Health in the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC), Dr Bernard Madzima said although Zimbabwe has made significant strides towards availing  quality family planning services to the population, more still needed…

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Lack Of Investment Hampering Breast Feeding Efforts

New analysis shows an investment of US$4.70 per newborn could generate US$300 billion in economic gains by 2025 GENEVA/NEW YORK, 1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, which evaluated 194 nations, found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breast…

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Donor Reliance Threatens Family Planning Efforts- USAID

By Staff Reporter ZIMBABWE’S high dependence on donor support threatens efforts to address family planning issues the country is facing, a top USAID official has said. ALSO READ: Zim Beats Global Family Planning Target  Speaking at the Family Planning Symposium, Hillary Chiguvare from USAID said such foreign dependency was not sustainable adding that it’s time for government to increase its allocation to health. “There is an agreement now that relying on foreign funding is not sustainable, it actually threatens family planning support and program, I think it’s now time we…

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Zim Commemorates World Population Day

By Michael Gwarisa  ZIMBABWE today joins the rest of the world in Commemorating the World Population Day (WPD) which is running under the theme “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.” The celebrations  are being hosted by United Nation Family Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) and Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC). Also Read: Reasons you should take up family planning  In a statement, UNFPA said there would be free testing and counseling services at the Africa Unity Square from Tuesday 11, July to…

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World Population Day 2017: 4 Reasons Why Family Planning Is Important

Family Planning is not just a part of curbing growing population but also has positive impact at individual level. This World Population Day, read on to know about the advantages of planning your family wisely. World Population Day is observed on 11 July every year to reaffirm the human right to plan a family. It encourages activities to create awareness about the importance of family planning throughout the world. This day also tries to spread knowledge about other important issues including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. According…

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