Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health - Zimbabwe 2010 and 2012 commitments

Date of commitment: 
September 2010
Millennium Development Goal: 


In 2010 Zimbabwe committed to increase health spending to 15% of the health budget or $20 per capita and establish a maternal, newborn and child survival fund by 2011 using the same approach as the successful Education Transition Fund (ETF) led by the Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture and administered by UNICEF. The fund raised US$50 million in the first year for the ministry’s priorities, and contributed to donor coordination and harmonization. Zimbabwe committed to abolish user fees for health services for pregnant women and for children under the age of 5 years by the end of 2011; and to strengthen the Maternal and Newborn Mortality audit system - piloting a new system in two provinces in 2011 before expanding nationwide in 2012.
At the 2012 London Family Planning Summit Zimbabwe committed to ensuring that women and girls have greater access to quality sexual and reproductive health services and will reduce the unmet need for family planning from 13% to 6.5% by 2020. The family planning budget, including the procurement of contraceptive commodities, was to be doubled from the current 1.7% to 3% of the health budget. This includes support for improved access for women and girls from the poorest wealth quintiles, including the removal of user fees for family planning services by 2013. Zimbabwe also committed to improve method mix and strengthen the integration of family planning with reproductive health, HIV and maternal health services; develop innovative service delivery models to meet the needs and rights of adolescent girls; and reduce their unmet need from 16.9% to 8.5% by 2020. Zimbabwe will strengthen public-private partnerships, including civil society organizations in the provision of community-based and outreach services and implement a national campaign to increase national awareness of family planning, and health worker training and sensitization.


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It is not clear how these commitments relate to other commitments to child and maternal health.