In his keynote address at the London Summit for Family Planning last summer, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete pledged to double the country's number of family planning users to 4.2 million by 2015, and achieve a national target of 60 percent contraceptive prevalence. (In 2010, the rate was just 27 percent.) Reaching out to youth through friendly services and empowering messages, and making contraception a smart and responsible choice rather than a taboo, will be integral to reaching these goals.
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Within Tanzania’s vast country, more than 70% of the 50.8 million total population lives in rural areas. With high infant and maternal mortality and inadequate human resources for health, the Government is striving to strengthen quality and access to family planning.
AFP’s local partners, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs Tanzania, Health Promotion Tanzania, and United Nations Association of Tanzania advocate for sustained family planning funding and access to quality reproductive healthcare in the most challenged areas of the country.
In the tabs below, review AFP Tanzania’s Key Contacts, their specific Advocacy Priorities for 2015, Tanzania’s Evidence & Briefs, and Milestones toward achieving family planning goals.