HARARE — On International Condom Day, a locally registered trust with a 23-year record of high impact implementation in HIV and sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) programs, called for increased domestic support for condom procurement and the removal of import duty and value-added tax (VAT) for condoms.
Population Solutions for Health (PSH), the distributor of Protector Plus condoms, said in a press statement on Tuesday that condoms play a critical role in preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unintended pregnancies.
The statement said that Zimbabwe’s condom program heavily relies on donor support, which has reduced over the years, affecting the funding for public and social marketing sector condoms. These condoms serve the marginalized communities and low-income earners, who are most vulnerable to HIV and STIs.
The statement also said that the commercial sector’s condom supply has been decreasing over the past two decades, partly due to higher taxes on condoms, which make them expensive and unviable.
PSH said it is supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in developing a sustainable condom market that promotes long-term condom use with reduced reliance on donor funding. A key aspect of this effort is advocating for the removal of VAT and import duty on condoms, which will make them more affordable and secure their future availability.
PSH said it remains committed to advancing condom programming and expanding access to quality sexual and reproductive health services and products. By addressing the challenges in the market, the statement said, significant progress can be made in preventing HIV, STIs, and unintended pregnancies.
International Condom Day is observed on February 13 every year to raise awareness about the importance of condom use and safe sex.
Protector Plus condom distributor urges government to remove taxes on condoms