Govt to allocate 17bn/- for family planning access by 2020

19Aug 2017
Aisia Rweyemamu
The Guardian
Govt to allocate 17bn/- for family planning access by 2020

The government is committed to increase the budget allocation of family planning services to Sh17bn by 2020 from the current Sh14 billion in order to expand access to family planning services in the country.

program director Halima Shariff.

It also plans to scale up the number of health facilities providing youth friendly reproductive health services to 80 per cent access level by 2020 from the current 30 per cent level.

The plan is part of efforts by Advance Family Planning Tanzania, a US-supported NGO, working with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication, whose program director Halima Shariff briefed the media in Dar es Salaam yesterday on the progress of family planning in the country.

She said there was a noticeable deterioration in the use of contraceptives for family planning in urban areas compared to rural areas, as contraceptives are the most important tool in facilitating action to plan family lives to achieve set goals.

She said there were so many challenges facing family planning issues which need collaborative efforts from various stakeholders.

The media need to be in the forefront in ensuring the causes of the challenge are identified and solved, she said, noting that to ensure availability of modern contraceptive methods, the government needs to work on enhancing availability of contraceptives at all levels of the health system.

“At primarily care level access needs to reach 100 percent from 93 percent at present and at secondary level to 88 per cent from 86 per cent,” she stated.

However, data from the most recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in Tanzania shows that the country did not realize its 2012 commitment to double the number of family planning users to 4.2 million and increase the total contraceptive prevalence rate to 60 percent by 2015.

The government continues to support family planning in the country, the director emphasized.

In June 2016, national policymakers featured family planning as a high-impact intervention in the National Roadmap Strategic Plan to Improve Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in Tanzania, covering 2016 to 2020.

The government drew up One Plan II for increased allocations for family planning in the national health budget, she affirmed.

However, collective action at the national and district level is needed to fully implement and fund the One Plan II to ensure family planning remains a priority in health care delivery, the director added.

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