Lawmakers drawn from 8 parliamentary committees have called for more funding for family planning and sexual reproductive health services which are currently largely dependent on donor funding.
Over 20 legislators representing 8 parliamentary portfolio committees made a unanimous decision advocating for the availing of more funds towards family planning and adolescent sexual and reproductive health services.
This comes amid revelations that no operations and capital grant was availed to the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council by the government from 2014 to date.
To this effect legislators have pledged to lobby for the speedy implementation of the Abuja Declaration which calls on signatories to allocate 15 percent of their national budgets towards Health Ministries’ from which the family planning council is supposed to get a 3 percent levy.
Executive director of the ZNFPC, Dr Munyaradzi Murwira noted there is unmet demand for family planning services owing to funding gaps, while Population Services Zimbabwe director, Mr Abebe Shibru pins hopes of better funding on the advocacy by legislators.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health, Dr Ruth Labode said family planning services and sexual reproductive health issues require local funding.
Meanwhile, the legislators queried the lack of transparency in the way the health levy fund is being administered.
According to statistics released by the Family Planning Council, the uptake of contraceptives is still low in rural areas where teenage pregnancies are still prevalent.