Mukudzei Chingwere in PATTAYA, Thailand
Zimbabwe has been offered the opportunity to host the International Conference of Partners in Population and Development (ICPD) as part of the efforts of the international community to leverage population and reproductive management interventions sexuality of the country.
The Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr. Constantino Chiwenga revealed this yesterday at the end of the International Conference on Family Planning (ICPF).
The offer comes as Zimbabwe has made a huge impression on its global peers, which has drawn praise from the United Nations Population Fund and several other players.
Now, in a bid to draw even more global attention to the Zimbabwean example, the UN agency has offered Zimbabwe hosting rights next year.
Speaking to reporters after the closing ceremony of the ICPF, Vice President Chiwenga said Zimbabwe was ready to welcome its peers.
Vice President Chiwenga spoke about the misconception that population management and family planning was about reducing population numbers, saying what Zimbabwe needed was a structured program to increase and balance its population.
He said the conference affirmed the position that sexual and reproductive health was not a women’s and girls’ issue, but something that required the involvement of men and boys as well.
“People are sometimes mistaken that family planning is about reducing population,” Vice President Chiwenga said after the conference that ended yesterday.
“In our case, our population is decreasing and we need our population to increase in order for it to balance out.
“There is a need to ensure that there is thorough education given to both genders. We need to educate our young people at home while they go to school, about the kind of education they need.
“It now draws the major issue that we discussed at the conference that we will discuss in Zimbabwe when we have the meeting before the meeting in New York on this subject. question.
“That we should never watch sex that has happened in recent years. We should look at both genders.
The conference also recognized the achievements of participants and challenged participants to fight for a future of family planning that guarantees universal access to reproductive health care for all.
Ms. Tahrima Khan, Program Officer of Partners in Population and Development (PPD), who met Vice President Chiwenga on the sidelines of the ICFP, praised Zimbabwe’s sexual and reproductive health systems.
“I must say that all 27 PPD member countries, including Zimbabwe, are on track to achieve their ICPD (International Conference on Population and Development) agenda, as well as their national agenda for family planning. “, she said.
“Zimbabwe is working towards these goals, that is very good (and) should be replicated by other countries.”