The year 2019 marked a huge milestone for UNFPA globally, Zimbabwe included, as UNFPA acelebrated 50 years and counting of delivering for women and young people on the Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) agenda. In the same year 2019, the agency celebrated 25 years of commitment to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. It was a year to strengthen partnerships and harness recommitments in the continued empowerment of women, young people and ensuring access to sexual reproductive health services.
SOURCE: UNFPA Annual Report
At the Nairobi ICPD Summit, Zimbabwe was represented by the Chief Director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Robert Mudyiradima where the Government of Zimbabwe made the following commitments:
- Curb teenage pregnancies from 21.6% to 12% by 2030; and
- Avail comprehensive short and long term; and permanent Family Planning methods at all Family Planning service provision points by 2030.
- Increase by 50% the maternal mortality reduction from the current 651 / 100000 live births by 2030;
- Develop a comprehensive national SRHR package and integrate it into the national UHC strategies, policies and programmes; and
- Deploy 2 trained midwifes to provide integrated sexual and reproductive health services at all eligible primary health care facilities by 2030.
- Support all SRHR service provision points provide youth-friendly services;
- Support all schools, public and private, are delivering a quality-assured Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) package appropriate for age, including HIV information, by 2030; and
- Ensure hard to reach populations such as Persons With Disabilities (PWD), PLRA, emergency areas, prisons, sex workers, young people in conflict with law have immediate access to comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services.
- Align all laws pertaining to marriage to the Constitution of Zimbabwe (Amendment No. 20) of 2013, by 2030;
- Implement the National Plan of Action on Ending Child Marriages, harmonize marriage laws and set age of marriage at 18 years, by 2030. Zimbabwe recommitments to the ICPD agenda at Nairobi Summit 2019 ANNUAL REPORT 14
- Invest resources to provide comprehensive multi-sectoral services for survivors of GBV and to strengthen key institutions;
- Economically and socially empower women and girls to be actively engaged in Country’s development; and
- Finalise and fully implement the Disability Amendment Act to support service access by women and girls with disabilities by 2030.
- Allocate at least 15 percent of the national budget to the health sector with specific allocation for SRHR and Family Planning, by 2030;
- Improve allocations from the HIV and Airtime levies to SRHR and Family Planning by at least 5 percent;
- Allocate 10 percent of the Global Fund allocated to Zimbabwe to SRHR and Family Planning as per Global Fund Financing Framework; and
- Finalise and implement the National Health Insurance Scheme.
- Improve youth involvement across sectors through enactment of the National Youth Act and its National Youth Commission;
- Proactively invest in post-secondary school skills building to reduce youth unemployment by half, by 2030;
- Define and implement policies that promote youth engagement in relevant developmental issues by 2030;
- Promote health for in school children through implementation of implement the Zimbabwe School Health Policy; and
- Support access to contraception for young people to reduce the high teen pregnancy by half by 2030
- Continue strengthening the production of quality, relevant, timely and, where possible, fully disaggregated vital country statistics through the decennial population census programme to inform policy planning, including SDG monitoring and reporting, by 2030; and
- Invest in the statistical lead agency, ZIMSTAT, to offer timely and accurate statistics.
- Ensure emergency preparedness across all relevant sectors, by 2030;
- Build or strengthen coordination structures for preparedness and response to emergencies; and
- Support strengthening of the Civil Protection Unit to coordinate humanitarian actors to prioritise Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Gender Based Violence in humanitarian situations.