Zambia still has high fertility – Kaseba
By Fridah Nkonde, Fri 08 Nov. 2013
FIRST lady Christine Kaseba says Zambia still has high fertility and unmet family planning needs against a backdrop of high poverty levels.
During the launch of the national family planning eight-year scale-up plan in Lusaka on Wednesday, Dr Kaseba said the plan gave Zambians a unique opportunity to transform the lives of millions of women and men.
“Once funded and implemented, this plan will not only save lives but save the country millions of much-needed kwacha needed for Zambia’s development. I am confident that this plan will be used to lobby for support from cooperating partners who pledged a total amount of US$2.6 billion to support developing countries successfully implement family planning programmes from 2012 to 2020,” Dr Kaseba said.
She said increasing access to family planning creates proven benefits in women’s health, child survival and HIV prevention.
Dr Kaseba said universal access to family planning was a human right, central to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and a key factor in reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
“A well planned family size leads to social economic prosperity at family and subsequently at national level. Conversely, a family that is not well planned is at high risk of leading a miserable social economic life with a high risk of malnutrition and increased disease burden. The social and reproductive health indicators as they stand today paint a very gloomy picture but I am positive that with investment, individual and collective commitment, hard work and collaboration, we can start reversing these statistics,” she said.
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