The government says it is committed to continue partnering with Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) to improve family planning services to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rate.

Addressing stakeholders during the “improving family planning services end of project” ceremony by PSZ in Harare, the Deputy Director Child Care in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Mr Mkhokheli Ngwenya said Zimbabwe continues to have the highest contraceptive prevalence rate in the region.

PSZ country director Abebe Shibru highlighted that they have been working with government to complement its efforts to reduce contraceptive prevalence rate through mobile outreach clinics covering all 63 districts across the country since 2012.

USAID acting deputy mission director Julie Nenon noted that over 650 000 people have benefited from the improved family planning service since 2012 with significant reduction of maternal death by 30 percent each year.

Worldwide 885 million women intent to prevent pregnancy and about three quarters of these women are using modern contraceptive methods.