Place emphasis on family planning public advised.

4 January 2018

The government has advised members of the public to lay ,much emphasis on family planning methods, towards checking population growth with which available resources could not cope.

It has promised to cooperate with various development stakeholders in adressing the challenges of reproductive health in the community and contributing to the well-being of the people so that they can fully participate in development activities.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile, made the remarks in Dar es salaam on the 04 December 2017, during the launch of the state of the World Populations Repoty of the year which was prepared by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The report shows that the population was increasing at a 2.7 per cent rate, the equivalent of two million people per year.

“The reproductive situation is an average of 5 children per woman in childbirth. The average of number of children to uneducated woman is 7 children while to a form four leaver woman is 4 childrens” he said.

He added that, the average of women who are using family planning methods was only 32 per cent. The goal is to reach 45 per cent on 2020. “If the men would get proper reproductive health education, it will help to decrease the existing challenges of family planning” he said.

The deputy minister further explained that women of high economic status had an average of three children while those of lower status had an average of eight children. He said education and poverty factors had a great contribution in changing the status of reproductive health for women and consideration of family planning to societies.

Dr Ndugulile has advised young people to take advantage of existing educational opportunities,to became part of contributing to family, community and national development.

At the same occasion the UNFPA TCO Representative, Ms Jacqueline Mahon, said failure to provide reproductive health services, including family planning, to the poorest women can weaken economies and sabotage progress towards the number of sustainable development goal of eliminating poverty.