Harare, 26 May 2015 - Today, the Ambassador of Sweden to Zimbabwe His Excellency Mr. Lars Ronnas signed an amended contribution agreement for the Integrated Support Programme on Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Prevention (ISP) with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The agreement is for an additional 15 million Swedish Krona (approx. 2 million USD) to Sweden’s previous contributions of 50 million Swedish Krona (approx. 7.3 million USD) made since July 2012.
In his remarks the Ambassador highlighted the importance of the ISP, saying “The ISP is an important program because at its core stands human rights, equal opportunities for all and gender equality”. The ISP supports the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development (MoWAGCD) to provide integrated services in sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention and gender based violence prevention and response. This is aimed at contributing to the reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality, cervical cancer, gender based violence and HIV in the country.
“Integrating HIV prevention, cervical cancer, family planning and gender based violence services ensures that women get the maximum benefit from our health system”, said Dr. Mugurungi, the Director AIDS & TB Unit and Acting Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Health and Child Care in his opening remarks. He also highlighted that failure to integrate services can have a negative impact on our efforts to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
“The ISP is an important program because at its core stands human rights, equal opportunities for all and gender equality”
The UNFPA Country Representative Mr. Cheikh Tidiane Cisse appreciated the Swedish government for its generous contributions and highlighted the impact this will have on “achieving the aims of the ISP in improving access to and utilisation of quality and integrated sexual and reproductive health, HIV and GBV services, particularly by the young people and women of Zimbabwe”. He also acknowledged the support and partnership from the MoHCC, the MoWAGCD, National AIDS Council, the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council, Zimbabwe Youth Council and civil society in implementing the ISP.
Some of the key achievements of the ISP since its inception in July 2012 includes:
§ 373,620 household with an average of three members have been reached with SRH/HIV/GBV information during interpersonal sessions conducted in people’s homes
§ 15,600 vulnerable adolescent girls have been enrolled in the Sista2Sista mentoring programme
§ 18,989 survivors of GBV have accessed essential services including health care, psychosocial support and legal aid
§ 136,065 additional clients accessed family planning through ISP supported facilities, of which 68,525 were adolescents and young people (16-24 years)
§ 14,482 female sex workers received STI treatment at supported sites
§ 111,347 women have been screened for cervical cancer, with 52 new screening sites opened and supported to offer cervical cancer screening services using VIAC
The ISP is a four year programme which started in July 2012. It will strengthen health and community systems to enable them to provide essential family planning (FP), cervical cancer, HIV and GBV services as well as strengthening community’s access to and utilisation of these services. It is being implemented through four pillars and at its inception in 2012, the programme funding partners, namely Britain, Ireland and Sweden, availed approximately US$95 million for all the four pillars.
UNFPA is the fund manager for Pillar 2 in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, National AIDS Council, the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council and civil society. At inception of the programme Pillar 2 received approximately US$30 million from all the funding partners.
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