16 September 2012

Tanzania: Family Planning Users to Reach 60 Percent By 2015

Photo: UN Photo
A mother and her newborn child. Family planning has been said to be a key determinant of development.

THE government is, for the first time, to make a budgetary allocation from domestic resources for family planning activities in the 2013/2014 national budget.

The decision is based on the government's goal to make Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) grow at more than three per cent annually so that the country attains a 60 per cent CPR by 2015.

The Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, said this on Friday evening when he met with stakeholders to debrief them on the outcome of the London Family Planning Summit. The meeting was organized by Advance Family Planning and UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA).

He said the government did not initially allocate funds because it was leaving it for the basket fund. He said Tanzania was committed to increase contraceptive prevalence rate to 60 per cent by 2015, exuding the government's determination to increase family planning users from 2.1 million (2010) to 4.2 million by 2015.

"In this regard the government is committed to increase mobilization of domestic resources for Family Planning. For Tanzania, this means local budgetary funds and also soliciting support from partners to meet the total commodity and supply cost estimated at $88.2m by 2015," he said.

He said Tanzania would continue to implement its National Family Planning Cost Implementation Programme (2010-2015), which has set a Contraceptive Prevalence Rate goal of 60 per cent. He said the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare would ensure an annual increase in domestic resources to strengthen contraceptive availability while enhancing strategic partnerships for improving access of all contraceptive methods.

Parallel to these efforts, they would also mobilize resources pledged from the London Summit to compliment the government efforts. He also noted that along with these efforts, the government is determined to strengthen Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to ensure improvement in equipment and supplies as well as quality of services that also target young people.

The international community convened in London, at a Family Planning Summit two months ago to re-affirm its commitment to strengthen family planning services especially in developing countries. "This gathering provided an opportunity to take stock of progress in family planning, as well as determine how we could collectively mobilize the necessary resources for expanding access and method mix to those needing the services," the minister said.

The Family Planning Summit, co-hosted by the UK government, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with UNFPA had an ambitious resolve - to ensure an additional 120 million women in developing countries in the world, including Tanzania, enjoy access to life saving family planning information, services and supplies by the end of this decade.

He said the Summit pledged $4.6 billion that will go a long way to improving services and ensure access for 380 million women and girls in developing countries by 2020. The Summit included thematic areas of increasing access and expanding choice, integrating family planning with women's and children's health services including HIV, ensuring equity and promoting rights (including those of young people), partnering for progress and the role of public/private partnerships and donor commitments.

He said the highlight of the Summit was the high level segment which brought together a panel number of high-level speakers including President Jakaya Kikwete, other Heads of State and Government, Heads of UN Agencies and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) from private companies.

He said what this meant to the developing world, including Tanzania, is anticipation for additional financial resources would be made available to countries through a range of channels. He said they include support to procurement of cost-effective commodities, support to scaling up services, and support to innovative and new approaches to reaching the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls.

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