ZIMBABWE TOPS IN CONDOM DISTRIBUTION
Zimbabwe tops in condom distribution in Africa yet the uptake of the product is low, a health official has said.
In her address at the Condom Day celebrations held in Caledonia yesterday, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) assistant representative Abigail Msemburi represented by the UNFPA country director representative Dr Esther Muiya, said there was need to address the issue.
“Public sector and social marketing male condom distribution and sales increased from a little over 20 million in 1990 to just below 120 million in 2016.
“As a result, annual female condom distribution and sales rose from just over 200 000 in 2005 to over 5 million in 2016.
“These condom distribution sales rates we experience in Zimbabwe are much higher than any other African country,” she said.
However, the UNFPA assistant representative also noted alarming levels of condom uptake.
“More alarming is the fact that condom utilization figures are much lower among young people in rural areas than in urban areas leading to high teenage pregnancies and new HIV infections.
“To address this situation, emphasis needs to be put on continued condom promotion, using awareness, raising events such as this one.
“These efforts must high the need for consistence and correct condom use in sexual relationship,” she said.
UNFPA has been hailed for its consistency in supporting the Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry Of Health and Child Care.