21 July 2017
2017 – London Family Planning Summit
Zambia commits to improving sustainable access to family planning and achieving its 2012 FP2020 goals, in support of Every Woman Every Child, specifically to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women to 58% by 2020. To accelerate progress toward these targets, Zambia commits to addressing policy barriers adversely impacting the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people. This will provide deeper focus on adolescents through cross sectoral working, including collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Education to ensure age appropriate information and services are provided, strengthening data to track results and creating referral systems for appropriate service delivery. The government and partners will also scale up access to family planning through improving the method mix and strengthening task shifting to community based volunteers to improve availability in hard to reach communities. This will include the scale-up of subcutaneous Depo Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Sayana Press) to reach all parts of the country by 2020. These commitments will be made more sustainable through increasing domestic financing, ensuring that by 2020 the government contribution to family planning commodities has increased by at least 50% of the average annual contribution of US$1,090,000 between 2013 and 2016, i.e. to a minimum of $1,500,000 per year.
For more information on this commitment, please visit the Zambia Country Page
2012—London Family Planning Summit
Zambia will double its budgetary allocation to family planning commodities, striving to eliminate the unmet need for family planning and improve universal coverage through an expanded method mix and increased access, particularly to the underserved population. It will address policy barriers to allow task shifting to community health assistants and trained community based distributors to increase access to the underserved communities. Led by the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health, the government will initiate new dialogue with religious and traditional leaders at local level to generate demand, dispel the myths and ‘open up the dialogue’ on family planning.
Zambia commits to: increase national budgetary expenditure on health from 11% to 15% by 2015 with a focus on women and children’s health; and to strengthen access to family planning – increasing contraceptive prevalence from 33% to 58% in order to reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions, especially among adolescent girls. Zambia will scale-up implementation of integrated community case management of common diseases for women and children, to bring health services closer to families and communities to ensure prompt care and treatment.
Learn More on the Zambia government website.