World Population Day: "Family Planning Empowering People: Developing Nations"

12 July 2017
Dr.Hashina Begum, UNFPA Tanzania, Acting Country Representative on Media Press briefing on commemoration of World Population Day. Photo: Warren Bright: UNFPA Tanzania

UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund in collaboration with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and other stakeholders joined the international community in commemorating the World Population Day on 11th July 2017 at Mwembe Yanga Grounds in Temeke Dar-es-Salaam , the guest of honor: Acting Permanent Secretary Dr. Otilia Gowele on behalf of The Deputy Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr. Hamis Kighwangala, with the global theme of “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.”

“Better reproductive health care, including voluntary family planning, can bolster economies and contribute to sustainable development by empowering women to complete their education, join the paid labour force, be more productive in their jobs, earn higher incomes and increase savings and investments. In addition, for each additional dollar spent on contraceptive services above the current level, the cost of pregnancy-related care is reduced by $2.30.Investments in family planning help lead to prosperity for all”. According to Dr. Natalia Kanem, Acting Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Investing in family planning is investing in the health and rights of women and couples worldwide. These investments also yield economic and other gains that can propel development forward and are thus critical to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s World Population Day, 11 July, coincides with the London Family Planning Summit, the second meeting of the consortium of development partners and stakeholders that make up the FP2020--Family Planning 2020 initiative, which aims to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women by 2020.

FP 2020 TANZANIA COMMITMENT

"In a bid to reduce maternal and child deaths, the government of Tanzania committed to expand access to life saving family planning to 4.3 million more women and girls by 2020 from the current level of 3.8 million. By 2020, Tanzania will increase the availability of modern contraceptive methods at all levels of the health system; specifically, will ensure availability of at least three modern contraceptive methods at primary level and at least five modern contraceptive  methods at secondary and tertiary levels from 40% to 70% in the last three months. Scale-up the number of health facilities providing youth-friendly reproductive health services from 30% to 80% is another area that we are committed on. Increase the government allocation for FP services from Tsh. 14 Bilion to Tsh. 17 Bilion is the financing commitment that government has announced. Five billion Tanzania Shilling has been allocated to Family planning budget for fiscal year 2016/17. In fiscal year 2017/2018 the Government allocated 14 billion Tsh. This makes an increase of 180% from the last allocation."