Tanzania moots plans to boost access to family planning

The Tanzania government hoped that its new procurement system will boost distribution and use of contraceptives.
Speaking at a meeting held by family planning implementers, the minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Hussein Mwinyi acknowledged procurement was one of the major challenges affecting family planning campaigns especially access to contraceptives.
Dr Mwinyi announced that the government had already directed the Medical Stores Department (MSD) to start using framework contracts to ensure family planning facilities and other medicines reached people.
This is one of the measures the government has taken to ensure family planning services reach 60 per cent of needy Tanzanians by 2015.
Chief medical officer, Dr Donan Mmbando said the government would introduce community health workers to facilitate education and distribution of family planning facilities in rural areas.

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