The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – the UN reproductive health and rights agency, recently made a generous contribution of family planning material to the Ministry of Health, Namibia. The donation, worth NAD 7.4 million, has been made with the aim to lower the robust rate of teenage pregnancies in the country, which incidentally, would impact the regional contraceptives industry as well.
The UNFPA representative, Dennia Gayle, has been quoted stating that Namibia is indeed the perfect contender for this donation, as the growth rate of teenage pregnancies in the region has been alarming. According to The Economist, some areas of Namibia depict a teenage pregnancy incidence rate of 19%, however, in some other areas, the incidence rate is as high as 35%. Regional experts reportedly express a strong belief that one of the reasons behind the increasing rate of unwanted pregnancies is the reduced usage of contraceptives in the nation. Reliable estimates in fact, have it on record that only around 33% of the female population in the entire continent of Africa are reported to be using contraceptives. Amidst the backdrop of this grim scenario, UNFPA’s donation is likely to boost the regional contraceptives market.
Reports state that UNFPA’s donation is inclusive of around 110,000 units of Noristerate and soloshots syringes, 200,000 units of female condoms, 60,000 units of DMPA Depo-Provera and soloshots syringes, 7000 units of Implanon NTX, and 5000 units of Copper T IUDs. This material has been duly presented to The Health Minister of Namibia – Benhard Haufiku.
Speaking about the magnanimous contribution, Haufiku states that the donation is indeed pivotal to the country’s arsenal for combating teenage pregnancies. He further added that the country would also need to be more aware regarding sexual education, since lack of knowledge may be a principal factor behind the growing teenage pregnancies.
Haufiku’s statement has been positively met by analysts familiar with the matter, who have further put in a word that increased knowledge about family planning and condom usage may have a powerful impact on contraceptives industry.