Prior to the World Population Day commemorations on the 11th of July each year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) in partnership with the Zimbabwe Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care held a media briefing which highlighted the importance of family planning for the development of the nation.

Running under the theme; “Family Planning is a Human Right” this year’s World Population Day commemorations marked the 50th anniversary of the 1968 conference where there was a global affirmation that family planning is a human right.

Speaking at a media briefing, UNPF country representative Dr Esther Muia highlighted on the efforts their organisation is putting to reduce teenage pregnancies, early child marriages, and inclusion of men in family planning as well as educating every Zimbabwean women on reproductive health.

The ZNFPC which is striving to give quality integrated family planning services to meet the government 2020 commitments made at the 2012 London Global Summit have embarked on a drive to intensify the uptake of the various contraceptive methods.

Zimbabwe is ranked as one of the best in contraceptive prevalence with a rate of 68 percent in the continent though there is a high need of not being complacent and bridge the unmet need.