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Inter-censal demographic surveys are carried out five years after a decennial Population and Housing Census. The 2017 ICDS was therefore carried out five years after the 2012 Population Census to update data collected during the census as well as kick start preparations for the 2022 Population Census. Although the Government of Zimbabwe will implement all the 17 SDG goals as they are deemed to be important to the country, in terms of focus and prioritisation, ten of these were adopted. ZIMSTAT, as the Agency responsible for the production of official statistics is mandated to provide data for monitoring the prioritised SDGs through its routine surveys and censuses. 

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Recognising that reproductive health choices, and actions in fulfilling the same, are not made in a socio-economic vacuum, this manual moves from providing information on sexual and reproductive health and prevention of HIV as well as sexual and gender based violence, to providing the young women with life skills such as self-awareness, problem-solving strategies, and communication. These skills will enhance the girls’ and young women’s ability in decision making not only about their reproductive health, but for other important life choices. To that end, the manual has been updated and in addition to introducing the girls and young women to the concepts of financial management, social and livelihoods skills are now included.

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Community based youth leaders or mentors will deliver the manual as the main resource to engage young people by providing them with correct information, challenging them to look at their own attitudes and behaviours, helping them to develop the skills they need to adopt health behaviours and to remain safe. While it is recognised that changing an individual’s behaviour remains the responsibility of that individual, creating an environment that supports and encourages positive behaviour change requires effort and commitment from a multitude of players. The Community Health Workers (CHWs) as mentors in the CSE groups are key agents in this endeavour. However, the group members are also key contributors to building change in their own and their fellow group members’ lives. Providing information and education is only one component of infl uencing change of an individual’s behaviour.

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The Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) Programme is consistent with the National Health Strategy for Zimbabwe 2016-2020, the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Strategy (ZNFPS) 2016-2020, the Extended Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (ZNASP) 2015-2020, the National Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) Strategy II: 2016-2020, and the Zimbabwe National Gender Based Violence Strategy 2012-2015. The overall goal of the SBCC Programme is to contribute to improving sexual and reproductive health through reducing the incidence of maternal morbidity and mortality among women, cervical cancer, HIV and SGBV. This will ultimately contribute to Ministry of Health and Child Care's vision “to have the highest possible level of health and quality of life for all Zimbabweans”. The programme will also promote attainment of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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The new 2030 development agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on all of us to step up our efforts in our areas of work to meet targets set. Indeed meeting these targets and achieving positive outcomes in the area of Sexual Reproductive Health requires huge investment and c o l l a b o r a This booklet highlights in greater detail some of the areas requiring our attention as various stakeholders and investment and support for improved outcomes on maternal health, particularly the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and fistula, access to family planning, young people’s development and prevention and response to Gender Based Violence by all key stakeholders.

In Zimbabwe the new development agenda presents opportunities for achieving these positive outcomes. We know that many women and girls are dying from complications of child birth. At estimated 8 women and girls die every day due to pregnancy complications. Many other women and girls suffer serious birth injuries such as fistula. It is well known that every maternal death is associated with 20 to 50 cases of severe maternal morbidity or injuries. Until 2 years ago, women living with fistula could not receive treatment. We are now reaching women with life changing surgery but we still need to reach much more.

This booklet highlights in greater detail some of the areas requiring our attention as various stakeholders and investment and support for improved outcomes on maternal health, particularly the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and fistula, access to family planning, young people’s development and prevention and response to Gender Based Violence.

The new 2030 development agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on all of us to step up our efforts in our areas of work to meet targets set. Indeed meeting these targets and achieving positive outcomes in the area of Sexual Reproductive Health requires huge investment and c o l l a b o r a This booklet highlights in greater detail some of the areas requiring our attention as various stakeholders and investment and support for improved outcomes on maternal health, particularly the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and fistula, access to family planning, young people’s development and prevention and response to Gender Based Violence by all key stakeholders.

In Zimbabwe the new development agenda presents opportunities for achieving these positive outcomes. We know that many women and girls are dying from complications of child birth. At estimated 8 women and girls die every day due to pregnancy complications. Many other women and girls suffer serious birth injuries such as fistula. It is well known that every maternal death is associated with 20 to 50 cases of severe maternal morbidity or injuries. Until 2 years ago, women living with fistula could not receive treatment. We are now reaching women with life changing surgery but we still need to reach much more.

This booklet highlights in greater detail some of the areas requiring our attention as various stakeholders and investment and support for improved outcomes on maternal health, particularly the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and fistula, access to family planning, young people’s development and prevention and response to Gender Based Violence.

The new 2030 development agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on all of us to step up our efforts in our areas of work to meet targets set. Indeed meeting these targets and achieving positive outcomes in the area of Sexual Reproductive Health requires huge investment and c o l l a b o r a This booklet highlights in greater detail some of the areas requiring our attention as various stakeholders and investment and support for improved outcomes on maternal health, particularly the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and fistula, access to family planning, young people’s development and prevention and response to Gender Based Violence by all key stakeholders.

In Zimbabwe the new development agenda presents opportunities for achieving these positive outcomes. We know that many women and girls are dying from complications of child birth. At estimated 8 women and girls die every day due to pregnancy complications. Many other women and girls suffer serious birth injuries such as fistula. It is well known that every maternal death is associated with 20 to 50 cases of severe maternal morbidity or injuries. Until 2 years ago, women living with fistula could not receive treatment. We are now reaching women with life changing surgery but we still need to reach much more.

This booklet highlights in greater detail some of the areas requiring our attention as various stakeholders and investment and support for improved outcomes on maternal health, particularly the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and fistula, access to family planning, young people’s development and prevention and response to Gender Based Violence.

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The fact sheet shows key findings from six Census Thematic reports that have been produced from the Zimbabwe 2012 Census. The thematic reports focusing on six areas, Labour Force Characteristics; Living Conditions; Disability; Women and Men; Children and Older Persons provide a detailed analysis of data collected during the 2012 Census. The results of the 2012 Census were released in December 2013. Statistics are a vital tool for economic and social development and reliable and timely data can help Zimbabwe in the formulation of development policies and programmes.

 

 

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In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 
This year's State of World Population Report Worlds Apart delves into the effect these inequalities have on women and girls' reproductive health. 
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Family Planning in Zimbabwe 

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This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from January - April 2017.

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