First lady Christine Kaseba says Zambia still has high fertility and unmet family planning needs, against a backdrop of high poverty levels.
During the launch of the National Family Planning Eight-year Scale-up Plan in Lusaka on Wednesday, Dr. Kaseba said the plan gives Zambians a unique opportunity to transform the lives of millions of women and men.
“Once funded and implemented, this plan will not only save lives but save the country millions of much-needed kwacha needed for Zambia’s development. I am confident that this plan will be used to lobby for support from cooperating partners who pledged a total amount of US $2.6 billion to help developing countries successfully implement family planning programmes from 2012 to 2020,” Dr. Kaseba said.
She said increasing access to family planning creates proven benefits in women’s health, child survival and HIV prevention.
Dr. Kaseba said universal access to family planning was a human right, central to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and a key factor in reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
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