By Kudakwashe Pembere
Zimbabwe has achieved the FP 2020 goal of increasing contraceptive prevalence rate three years beforehand.
In 2012, the Zimbabwean government at the London FP2020 summit vowed to up access to quality modern contraceptives to couples, women and girls by 2020.
To fulfil this pledge precociously alongside putting into effect the National Family Planning Strategy, government consulting several stakeholders in the health sector such as UNFPA, developed the National FP Costed Implementation Plan 2016-2020.
Speaking on behalf of Health and Child Care minister DR David Parirenyatwa, the ministry’s Principle director for Curative Services Sydney Makarawu at the National Family Planning Symposium today in Harare,
“The government of Zimbabwe is fully committed towards family planning programming and contraceptive services in the country.
“Over the years this relentless pursuit has been known to be steadily rising on the modern contraceptive prevalence rate which is in other terms known as MCPR with the country currently at 67 percent.
“I am happy to say that as a country, we have reached our FP2020 goal in 2017 with three years to go,” he said.
He also said they are halfway through trimming the unmet need methods of FP from 13 percent to 6,5 percent in 2020.
“I’am delighted to report that midway through, CPR today stands at 67 percent in 2017 and our unmet need methods we have done is at 12 percent,” he said.
UNFPA Zimbabwe Assistant Representative Ms Abbigail Msemburi lauded government’s efforts to reaching the FP2020 objectives.
“As UNFPA, we would like to congratulate government of Zimbabwe for its unwavering commitment to the national Family Planning programme that resulted in progressive improvement particularly in reaching the FP2020 target of 68 percent contraceptive prevalence rate with over 2 million women currently using some form of family planning,” she noted adding that ,“This has been achieved through the deep commitment of the government to family planning program evident in the recent initiatives such as the development of National Family Planning Strategy and its Costed Implementation Plan that firmly put Family Planning at the center of national reproductive maternal neonatal child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) care.”
UNFPA’s contribution to Family Planning in the country managed to stave off 177 000 unintended pregnancies, 53 000 unsafe abortions and 760 maternal deaths as well as reducing the risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections.