Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) has introduced a new contraceptive, Sayana Press, an injection that lasts for three months in a bid to widen family planning methods available to women.
Speaking at a workshop held in Masvingo attended by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Education, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS), Social welfare and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) on Adolescence Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) , ZNFPC Provincial Manager Peter Vhoko said the contraceptive was launched in November last year and some of the advantages are that it is an injection which is not taken every day, it works for a fairly reasonable period that one self-injects and it is user-friendly
“When it comes to prevention measures, we need as many methods as possible”
The contraceptive comes at a time when there has been an upsurge in teen pregnancies, particularly during the lockdown. Currently, the contraceptive is being rolled out in three provinces namely Matabeleland South, Mashonaland East. Bulawayo Province and it’s available at all ZNFPC and PSI clinics.
Sayana Press is inserted under the skin, into the abdomen or the thighs, and works by stopping ovaries from releasing eggs to the fallopian tube, hence there will be no fertilization. It also thickens cervical mucus so that the sperm won’t penetrate therefore inhibit ovulation.
This launch was done by ZNFPC with its partners the Department for International Development (DIFD), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
ZNFPC Provincial Marketing and Communication Officer Herbert Chikosi called for the strengthening of information dissemination strategies so that people become aware of their opportunities.