DAPP Projects

SARAI 1

Giving a Choice to Plan One’s Family

Family Planning is not yet accepted in all families, often due to misconceptions such as a risk for the women to become barren, fear of side effects, not understanding the importance of right spacing or because of wishing to have as many children as possible. Lack of family planning often brings the women in danger during de- livery and increase child mortality. Women need to be able to plan their families and their futures.

The Sexual and Reproductive Health for All Initiative (SARAI) project pin-points to some of these hard questions promoting and providing family planning services in 15 districts of Luapula, Muchinga and Copperbelt Provinces of Zambia.

The purpose of the SARAI is to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate by two percent annually through increased access and improved quality of family planning and reproductive health services. 

The project is improving family planning service delivery; strengthening accountability of Family Planning service delivery systems; and increasing the use of healthy family planning and reproductive health practices.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

As part of strengthening mobilization, the key players in the SARAI project are the Community Based Distributors (CBDs) who are community volunteers trained to give out family planning information, counseling, services and link rural communities to the health facilities. 

Other players involved are the Family Planning Champions trained to provide information spearhead behavior change discussion and address misconceptions on modern family planning, with people in the communities.                       

During 2017, 64,905 women accessed various family planning products from 142 health facilities, facilitated by 855 trained Community Based Distributors (CBDs). The products give families, women and mothers the power to decide and plan their life, parenthood and who they want to have children with. No more victims, but victors in choices that concern their health.

The project built capacity in the CBDs to increase com- munity-based family planning services in the year and included the provision of long term injectables, which became the most popular choice.

The project also reached 166,483 adolescents and youths with information about reproductive health and behavior change communication. The project trained 1,289 adolescents and adult champions and 1,303 school peer educators. Information were provided through one to one interactions and through 255 com- munity dialogue meetings conducted. Youth services were supported by 362 small shop owners and 102 Out of School Youth Clubs, running condom outlets.

The project further supported the Ministry of Education to roll out the new comprehensive sexuality curriculum in 430 schools and worked with An -AIDS clubs in these schools – teaching the children and youth to value healthier and happier family lives.

The project is supported and funded by the American People through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) and PEPFAR through Society for Family Health (SFH).

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