By Kenneth Matimaire
Mutare, November 30, 2016 – GOVERNMENT has failed to secure pledges to fund family planning contraception beyond 2017, as the international donor community has not yet committed to bankroll any financial assistance thereafter, an official has said.
Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), Manicaland provincial manager Dyson Masvingise said the sector is facing serious financial challenges to spearhead its Family Planning Gather, Analyse, Plan (FP, GAP) strategy running until 2020.
“There are no pledges to fund family planning beyond 2017, as donors in Zimbabwe only commit resources a few years in advance,” he said during a media briefing recently.
“Furthermore, even near-term planned funding for family planning still falls short of what is needed,” he added.
Masvingise said the country needs up to $12,3 million until 2020 to keep a constant supply of FP contraception and services.
He however indicated that while FP costs are predicted to grow annually, funding has been dwindling as of 2014.
Family planning costs are predicted to grow annually and Zimbabwe will need $12.3 million for family planning in 2020. Even if CPR stayed constant at 58 percent,
Statistics availed by ZNFPC indicate that the gap between financial commitment from international donors has continue to widen against demand for FP as of 2014.
The financial need of FP stood at $9,9 million in 2014 against $8,2 million supplied. Donor funds further slipped to $5,9 million against approximately $10,2 million needed in 2015 before support further decreased to $1,9 million in 2016 and 2017 against a rising demand of $10,4 million and $11,4 million respectively.