Policy and Enabling Environment

Zimbabwe FP2020: CSOs 4th Round Symposium Outcome Document

On March 7, 2019, Population Services Zimbabwe, as the country CSOs Focal Point, in partnership with Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council, Ministry of Health and Child Care, supported by Right Here, Right Now Zimbabwe (RHRN), hosted the 4th Symposium for FP2020. The key deliberations, challenges, recommendations, and action plans agreed on this forum are captured in this Outcome Document.

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How Family Planning Can Boost India’s Per Capita GDP 13% By 2031

New Delhi: India’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP) can rise an additional 13% by 2031 if family planning policies are actively prioritised, according to a new study.

This can also prevent 2.9 million infant deaths and 1.2 million maternal deaths and save households Rs 77,600 crore (20%) of out-of-pocket health expenditure on childbirth and child hospitalisation, it added.

Currently, family planning gets barely 4% of India’s National Health Mission allocations and this share has been stagnant for several years.

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Cost of Inaction in Family Planning in India

India is one of the few countries, which officially adopted a national Family Planning Programme in 1952. The country has made significant progress since, with the decadal population growth reducing from 24% to in 1991 to 18% in 2011 and reductions in total fertitility rate from 3.4 in 1992-93 to 2.2 in 2015-2016. However, owing to high growth rates in the previous decades, the overall population will continue to grow as 53% of the population is in the reproductive age group.

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'Incredible moment': impoverished Mali to give free healthcare to under-fives

After decades of suffering some of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world, Mali has vowed to provide free healthcare for pregnant women and children under five in a “brave and bold” move to revamp its dismal healthcare system.

Following a raft of reforms announced by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, free contraceptives will also be provided across the country as tens of thousands of community health workers are introduced in a bid to provide more localised healthcare to Mali’s population of 18 million people.

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Kenya Hits Target as Married Women Embrace Family Planning

The contraceptives prevalence rate among married women of reproductive age has risen from 53 percent in 2014 to 61 percent last year, according to new data from the Ministry of Health.

The rise has seen Kenya surpass its 2020 target of 58 percent.

Family planning services and programmes have important health, social, financial, environmental and economic benefits.

Decades of research have shown that better access to contraception helps people to plan and space for pregnancies.

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Pakistan Demographic & Health Survey, 2017-2018

The Family Planning chapter of this report presents information on the knowledge, use, and sources of contraceptive methods, informed choice of methods, and rates and reasons for discontinuing contraceptives. It also examines the need for family planning and the demand for family planning that is satisfied. In addition, it provides information on decision-making about family planning, exposure to family planning messages, postpartum counselling received, and whether nonusers are contacting and discussing family planning with service providers.

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New Survey Shows Improvement in Maternal and Child Health in Pakistan

Families in Pakistan are getting healthier according to the newly released 2017-18 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS). The 2017-18PDHS is the fourth DHS survey conducted in Pakistan since 1990-91. The survey results, released today at a national seminar in Islamabad organized by NIPS, highlight major improvements in child survival and maternal health care, while progress has been slower in nutrition and family planning use among women. 

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