A new brief entitled Investing in Family Planning for Tanzania’s Health and Development highlights the Government of Tanzania’s tremendous commitment to family planning and achievements in addressing the population’s family planning needs since 2012. It also recommends next steps for policymakers to intensify efforts towards attaining family planning goals. Previously released in February 2016, the brief was updated and released in October 2016 to include the latest preliminary Demographic and Health Survey (pDHS) 2015-16 data.
About one in three women currently use contraception in Tanzania (pDHS 2015-16). In 2012 at the London Summit on Family Planning, the government took action, making six political commitments with the goal of attaining a national contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) of 60%. These commitments garnered the support of government representatives, members of Parliament, civil societies and non-governmental organizations, development partners, and the private sector.
The report captures significant achievements towards those commitments, including:
- Releasing a total of five billion shillings from the government’s own sources for the 2014-2015 fiscal year to procure and distribute family planning commodities and supplies.
- Increasing family planning allocations in the health budgets of several districts in the Lake Zone.
- Doubling the number of family planning users in the Mara region, which has the lowest CPR in the country, over a period of just nine months (October 2013–June 2014).
- Making family planning as one of the top priority interventions in the 2014-2015 National Road Map Strategic Plan to Accelerate Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths dubbed as One Plan II.
The brief affirms that in order “to meet its national family planning targets, Tanzania needs all levels of government, the private sector, and civil society to maintain strong commitment to ensure that the resources, commodities and systems are in place.” It recommends four main steps to continue progress.
The report is a joint effort by Health Promotion Tanzania and United Nations Association of Tanzania. View the report and recommendations online. For hard copies and more information, please contact: