Zimbabwe 'failing on family planning services'

A lack of family planning and childbirth support services in Zimbabwe is threatening the lives of new and expectant mothers, it has been claimed.

Health worker Clara Mabasa of Manesi-nood in Manhize, told AllAfrica.com that this shortage has led to a rise in unplanned pregnancies in the southern African nation.

"Worse still those women fail to access antenatal care and assistance on delivery by a trained midwife," she told the news provider.

According to Mrs Mabasa, many births – especially in rural areas – are being carried out by untrained health personnel, increasing the risks to pregnant women.

She explained that a mobile clinic used to circulate the villages in her local area, but this service has now ceased.

"We do not have reliable transport system hence our people end up using traditional family planning methods such as periodic abstinence and withdrawal," she said.

Bunmi Makinwa, Africa regional director at the United Nations Population Fund, recently claimed that women need family planning rights if they are to improve their own health.

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