25 February 2013

Zambia: Youth Vision Zambia Lauds First Lady

YOUTH Vision Zambia (YVZ) has praised First Lady Christine Kaseba for launching the National Family Planning campaign aimed at scaling up the use of contraceptives among women to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

YVZ executive director, Amos Mwale said the National Family Planning campaign would help save lives.

Mr Mwale said in a statement that most girls and women were disadvantaged in life because of unwanted pregnancies.

"Most girls and women give up education as a result of pregnancies thereby exacerbating poverty levels in the country," he said.

He said family planning would bring about a healthy country as families would have fewer members whom they would be able to support.

Dr Kaseba last week launched the National Family Planning campaign in Lusaka where she said it was unfortunate that family planning was being misunderstood by many women resulting into myths and misconceptions.

The launch was a culmination of the summit which was held in London in July last year.

At the summit Governments, donors, civil society and other stakeholders came together to support the rise of women and girls to freely decide whether and when to have children.

Stakeholders at the London Summit mobilised resources to help developing countries to reach out to 120 million women and girls access and practice contraception in eight years.

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