CATHERINE MUMBA, Mafinga
THE Society for Family Health (SFH) says it will spend over US$15 million towards the Sexual and Reproductive Health for All Initiative (SARAI) project
aimed at increasing the modern contraceptive prevalence rate in Zambia.
SARAI chief of party Cheswa Vwalika told journalists on Wednesday that Copperbelt, Muchinga and Luapula provinces are already benefitting from the project.
Dr Vwalika said the project intends to cover 15 districts in the provinces.
“The United States Agency for International Development is the one supporting the project by providing funds to cover a period of five years, which is 2015 to 2020,” she said.
She said community-based distributors (CBDs) have been trained to help in bringing family planning services closer to the people.
“We have not only trained CBDs to offer counselling and distribute oral contraceptives and condoms but we have also taught them how to administer injectable family planning methods,” Dr Vwalika said.
She said adolescents are also being covered under the SARAI project by being educated on issues of reproductive health and the importance of prioritising education.
Dr Vwalika, however, said adolescents, who are sexually active and refuse to abstain are offered family planning options to help them prevent unwanted pregnancies.
She said the project is closely working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that it is sustained beyond 2020.