Baby boom looms as Zimbabwe runs out of contraceptive pills

The Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council has said that it has run out of contraceptive pills.

According to Zimbabwe’s NewsDay, the country may experience a birth boom if the shortages in the supply of contraceptive pills are not promptly addressed.

In an interview, the ZNFPC Executive Director, Munyaradzi Murwira confirmed the development.

Murwira said, “There is an acute shortage of family planning pills, Depo Provera and Implanon, but we, however, have adequate male and female condoms.

“We are currently working with donors and the suppliers to expedite shipment. We will be receiving some of the commodities. We expect the situation to normalise by December/January when we get most of the shipments into the country.”

Zimbabwe has a contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) of 67 per cent and an unmet need of 10 per cent.