Commemorating World Contraception Day 2019
Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Contraception Day – a day that is celebrated on the 26th of September every year.
World Contraception Day was launched in 2007 with a mission to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available. This year’s celebrations are happening when the World is left with just a few months before marking the end of the FP2020 Strategy, a roadmap that saw countries, including Zimbabwe, committing to reduce the unmet need for contraception. Promoting youth access to modern contraception was identified as one of the priority interventions.
In line with this vision, SAYWHAT in partnership with Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) National AIDS Council, and UNFPA, are currently implementing the Condomize campaigns, seeking to educate and share information on practicing safe sex by promoting condom use among sexually active young people. However, SAYWHAT acknowledges that to realise the broader contraception goals, there is a need for strengthened advocacy for the availability of more contraception options for young people.
SAYWHAT is cognisant of the various socio-economic barriers hindering youth access to contraception and remains committed to working with its partners to address these challenges. Notably, myths and misconceptions on contraception, high costs of modern contraception methods, lack of skilled personnel in some health facilities to offer comprehensive contraception services among others.
As we celebrate this year’s World Contraception Day, we call upon for the Government of Zimbabwe, the donor community and other stakeholders to consider young people’s access to modern contraception methods as a priority development agenda. Access to contraception is a necessity in empowering young people, including women and those in disadvantaged communities.
Most importantly, we call upon college authorities to ensure the availability of comprehensive contraception services in college clinics and be more intentional in designing programs to promote service uptake in the college-based health facilities.
As we celebrate the day under the theme: “It’s your life, it’s your responsibility”, SAYWHAT pledges to continue to provide all the necessary information and services required by the young people.