WHGI Publications & Resources

Family Planning in Tanzania: Saving Lives, Saving Money

Publication Year: 2018


Voluntary, rights-based family planning is essential not only for achieving desired family size, but also for saving lives and promoting social and economic development. In recognition of these links, Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) implemented the country’s first National Family Planning Costed Implementation Program (NFPCIP) from 2010–2015.1

Building on experiences with that NFPCIP, Tanzania is currently developing its second NFPCIP (for July 2018–June 2023) to accelerate the implementation of the national 2016–2020 One Plan II and the Sustainable Development Goals. The NFPCIP 2018–2023 prioritizes a reduction in maternal mortality and strives to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence (mCPR) among all women of reproductive age from approximately 30% in 2018 to 39% by 2023.2

To increase mCPR and meet the country’s health and development goals, the NFPCIP 2018–2023 includes interventions to reduce contraceptive stockouts, address social norms around the use of modern contraceptives, and increase postpartum family planning uptake during the first 12 months after giving birth. Additional activities in the new NFPCIP include implementing a rights-based approach to family planning programming and improving access to age-appropriate information and services for youth ages 10 to 24.3

The information presented in this brief is from the ImpactNow model applied by stakeholders in Tanzania. The model estimates health and economic benefits of reaching the mCPR and method mix goals included in the NFPCIP 2018–2023.

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