Health ministry urges Parliament to prioritise reproductive health in budget allocation

Ministry of health urges parliamentarians to prioritizing reproductive health in budget allocation.

Health practitioners in reproductive health have urged parliamentarians to prioritize reproductive health during budget formulation because the department was wholly depending on donor funding which is not sustainable.

 “The procurement of our family planning commodities is dependent on other nations, we currently being sponsored to secure each and every family planning consumed in this country.”

This was revealed by Davidzoyashe Makosa the Deputy director in the reproductive health in the family care department at a workshop between health practitioners and members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Budget and finance in Harare.

Makosa further said it was not sustainable to depend on donors to supply Zimbabwe with family planning medication and health.

 “That is really a concern to us because if those benevolent people decides otherwise to stop giving or decides it means that we are not able to have family planning in this country.”

While we are so grateful of our partners that doesn’t mean we must relinquish our responsibility that we have as a people to secure the next generation.”

She was lobbying for parliamentarians to use their role to influence the budget formulation and save lives of both expecting mothers and the unborn babies.

Family planning is a base by for every government and if we invest a dollar in contraceptives as a government it can reduce maternal healthcare by $2.20 that means more lives are saved.”

During the workshop it was revealed that USAID and UNFPA/DFID were the only providers of family planning health care in Zimbabwe with the two having a 50-50 share in reproductive health.

Zimbabwe needs 16 million dollars every year for reproductive health in order to reduce infant and maternal mortality.

By 2015 Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate was at 443 per 100 000 births however experts in the reproductive sector believe this can be reduced further if the government priorities reproductive health.