Putting Family Planning on the Front Burner: Lessons from Zimbabwe for Lagos State

More women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy are not using modern contraception — Her Excellency, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, First Lady of Lagos State. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch
  1. The Zimbabwean government ensured availability of FP services through a vast range of delivery points. The government maintained and strengthened its programs for delivery of FP services from the tertiary hospital to community-based platforms in both the public and private sectors. Mobile clinics, field health workers, health centres, private doctors, private hospitals/clinics were deployed in a bid to step down access to FP service delivery. They showed that a correct and ethical use of modern contraception has major social and life implications.
  2. Zimbabwe’s ability to achieve a mCPR which is higher than average for sub-Saharan Africa points to the government’s willingness to create an enabling environment that helped FP programs thrive. Demonstrating political will, the Government of Zimbabwe became a signatory to several international and regional conventions, including the International Conference on Population and Development and the Abuja Declaration, of which Nigeria is also a signatory. Furthermore, the government also revised the marriage act, and in 2016 a law was passed increasing the legal age of marriage from 16 to 18 years for boys and girls.
  3. Lastly, to help the government and partners have a better grasp of the nation’s FP budgetary needs over a period, the Government of Zimbabwe delineated financial resource requirements. Thus, FP funding gaps were identified, enabling the government and donor partners to strengthen commitments through more focused resource mobilisation for FP programme needs over a 5-year period.
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