The Sexual and Reproductive Health for All Initiative (SARAI) was successfully completed with unprecedented results achieving an increased uptake of modern family planning from 36% to 52% in 17 targeted districts of Luapula, Muchinga and Copperbelt provinces.
During the final dissemination meeting held virtually on the 14th of July 2020, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kennedy Malama said: “The uptake of Family Planning rose from 36% to 52%. This is unprecedented. And what we have done as government from all the lessons learnt from SARAI, is to integrate those best practices in the on-going health programmes agenda to improve the uptake of Family Planning and issues of sexuality,”
The goal of the SARAI Project was to increase modern contraceptive prevalence rate by 2% annually (a goal that was overachieved) through increased and improved quality of family planning and sexual and reproductive health. DAPP was a key implementing partner in the communities working with Community Based Distributors (CBDs). These volunteers bring family planning services to peoples’ doorsteps and will continue their services after the project ends, under the supervision of the health facilities.
DAPP further worked with community leaders and youth, who acted as agents of change promoting safer sexual and reproductive health among the youth as well as advocating for increased male involvement in family planning and abandoning harmful traditional practices and beliefs.
The project worked directly in 173 Health Facilities with 1,035 Community Based Distributors and 1,682 Champions.
The prime implementing organisation was Society for Family Health (SFH) with DAPP as an implementing partner in the community. The project was made possible with the generous funding from the American People through USAID.
For details on the project you can view the End of Project SARAI Film.