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.”
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In a statement, UNFPA said there would be free testing and counseling services at the Africa Unity Square from Tuesday 11, July to Friday 14 July.
“As such, we are providing free family planning & contraceptive services and information at Africa Unity Square, with information booths also at First Street.
“Free family planning information and services on offer include oral contraceptives (the pill), condoms and implant insertions (Jadelle, Implanon). HIV Testing and Counseling as well as Cervical Cancer Screening are also on offer free of charge,” said UNFPA.
The WPD this year coincides with the Family Planning Summit held today 11 July in London, the second meeting of the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the global commitment of a consortium of donors and stakeholders which aims to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women globally by 2020, where Zimbabwe’s Minister of Health & Child Care will reaffirm the countries FP2020 commitments.
Meanwhile, MOHCC & UNFPA will on Friday 14 July host a national Family Planning Symposium in Harare to discuss the outcomes of today’s London Family Planning Summit meeting and the best way forward for the future of voluntary family planning services & information in Zimbabwe.