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Our programme in Zambia has been providing sexual and reproductive healthcare to thousands of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable women since 2007.
We offer a full range of family planning services, and comprehensive abortion care in the country. Despite recent improvements in the modern contraceptive prevalence rate in Zambia, there is still a discrepancy in meeting the needs of the population with a current unmet need for family planning services at 21%.
Our outreach teams based in urban centres enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Health and offer more choice, by supplementing the short-term methods of contraception often offered by the public health system, with long-acting and permanent methods.
Our rural outreach teams meanwhile travel the length and breadth of the country to take our services to clients who have the greatest need for family planning but often cannot access services.
Since our programme started, Marie Stopes Zambia has been working closely with the Ministry of Health to help inform advocacy and technical decision-making around family planning and safe abortion provision. There is a growing understanding in the country of the linkages between policy, partnerships and service delivery - and how they drive each other in Zambian society.
Increasing contraceptive uptake among young people is a big focus, and our team in Zambia have forged strong relationships with youth networks, and chair the adolescent technical working group. Through this group we have worked with local officials to attain commitments for adolescent services budgets at district level, and towards the recommendation to be included in official budget guidance for local officials.
In August 2016, when the right to access safe abortion and contraception services came under threat by a proposed constitutional amendment, Marie Stopes Zambia partnered with youth groups, women’s groups, traditional leaders, and the Zambian Medical authority to inform people about the proposed amendment.
The public chose to vote against the proposal, and women in Zambia retained the right to have children by choice not chance.
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“We do not agree with the conclusions this journalist has reached, which give a seriously misleading view of how our services operate"Read more