Zimbabwe has been commended for achieving a target of 68 percent contraceptive prevalence rate two years before the year 2020.

This came during the World Population Day commemorations held in Harare today.

During the commemorations, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) representative, Mr Denis Mlambo and Population Service International (PSI) representative, Mr Phillip Ndengu said the public will be receiving free family planning services, HIV testing and counselling, among other services this week up to Friday.

About 225 million women in the world have an unmet demand for modern family planning and Zimbabwe has an unmet need for family planning at only 10,4 percent.

Zimbabwe’s population is growing at an expected rate with a report released by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) after the 2012 census, indicating a total population of over 13 million  people up from  more than 11 million recorded in 2002.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has expressed its commitment to continued partnership with Zimbabwe in improving family planning methods.

UNFPA Technical Family Planning Specialist, Dr Vibhavendra Raghuvanshi said Zimbabwe has made significant  strides in improving population issues by achieving the set target of 68% before year 2020.