PPAZ to scale up services nationwide


PLANNED Parent Association of Zambia (PPAZ) says it will soon scale up the provision of sexual and reproductive health services to the other parts of Zambia.
PPAZ executive director Edford Mutumwa said the scaling up of the SRH services will help bridge the gap that exists in information dissemination. Currently services are offered in North-Western and Luapula provinces.
He was speaking at the handover ceremony of a motor vehicle by United Nations Fund for Population Associations (UNFPA) during the week.
“We need to realise that there is high fertility rate especially among teen girls and it is imperative that sexual and reproductive health services are made known to women in all parts of the country,” he said.
Mr Mutumwa said the donated vehicle will help PPAZ to deliver essential life e-saving commodities in the fight against maternal mortality and other items like contraceptives to women in far-flung areas.
The vehicle valued at US$51,000 is part of the UNFPA’s support to civil society to improve access and availability of a full range of quality sexual and reproductive health services.
And speaking at the same function, UNFPA country representative Mary Otieno said the donation is aimed at supporting PPAZ play a key role in advocacy and service provision for increased access to sexual and reproductive health service including family planning especially for young people.
Ms Otieno said currently UNFPA is providing support to the Government under its 7th country programme of cooperation whose goal is to contribute to poverty-reduction by strengthening sexual and reproductive health services.
She said “the new goal of UNFPA globally is to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health including family planning, promote reproductive rights and reduce maternal mortality.”
Ms Otieno said UNFPA has established a new vision for the organisation in order to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the agenda of the international conference on population and development.