Tanzania National Family Planning Research Agenda 2013-2018
A high unmet need for family planning (FP) services and a continuing high rate of population growth (currently estimated at 2.7 percent) are presenting major challenges to social and economic development in Tanzania. The evidence clearly shows that equitable access to high-quality FP services saves the lives of women, newborns and adolescents and contributes to the nation’s socioeconomic development.
In 2010, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW ) launched the National Family Planning Costed Implementation Program (NFPCIP), 2010–2015, to guide efforts to reposition and reinvigorate access to and the use of FP services in Tanzania. Its goal is to reach a national contraceptive prevalence rate of 60 percent for all methods by 2015. The program outlines five major strategic action areas (SAAs).
Each SAA has a set of activities that must be implemented in order to address the issues and challenges to reposition FP in the country. Subsequently, in 2012, His Excellency President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, attended the high-profile London Summit on Family Planning and made six commitments that are intended to double the number of FP users by 2015.