MASVINGO – The Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) has introduced Sayana Press, a new contraceptive in a bid to widen family planning methods available to the people.
Sayana Press which is an injection lasts for three months. Its biggest advantage is that one self-injects and its user-friendly.
The contraceptive was launched in November last year, a workshop on Adolescence Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) held in Masvingo was told last week.
ZNFPC Provincial Manager Peter Vhoko said some of the advantages of Sayana which was made in Belgium are that it’s an injection it is not taken every day like pills and also works for a fairly reasonable period.
The contraceptive comes at a time when there has been an upsurge in teen pregnancies particularly during the lockdown.
It is available at all ZNFPC and PSI clinics all over the country.
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).
The Sayana works by stopping ovaries from releasing eggs to the fallopian tube and hence there will be no fertilization. It also thickens cervical mucus so that the sperm won’t penetrate.
It is inserted under the skin or into the abdomen or the thighs.
The contraceptive is being rolled out in three provinces namely Mat South, Mash East and Bulawayo Province.
The workshop was 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).
“When it comes to prevention measures, we need as many methods as possible,” said Vhoko.
The Sayana Press stops ovaries from releasing eggs to the fallopian tube hence it won’t be fertilized. It also thickens cervical mucus so that the sperm won’t penetrate therefore inhibit ovulation.
SayWhat has created a WhatsApp group called Positive Choice for women and adolescence in order to raise awareness on the availability of various methods of contraceptives.
MyAge Zimbabwe has also start a project called Girls Choose Champion, where the orgaisation teaches adolescents about sexual health management and those girls in turn conduct peer education in their institutions and constituencies.
ZNFPC Provincial Marketing and Communication Officer Herbert Chikosi called for the strengthening of information dissemination strategies so that people become aware of their opportunities. https://masvingomirror.com