Tanzanian government suspends advertisements on family planning

Tanzania’s government has ordered a US aid organisation to cease advertising family planning services in the country’s media “with immediate effect”, news agency Reuters reports.

Health Permanent Secretary Mpoki Ulisubisya told the organisation, FHI 360, to implement the order immediately.

“I request you to stop with immediate effect airing and publishing any family planning contents in any media channels, until further notice,” Ulisubisya said in a letter dated 19 September.

Reuters news agency reports that it had sought a comment from the organisation but it had not heard back.

The development comes after President John Magufuli said on September 9  that women should stop using contraceptives because Tanzania needed more people.

Opposition MP Cecil Mwambe criticised the comments, saying they contradicted the country’s health policy.

Magufuli made similar comments in 2016.

After the launch of free primary and secondary education, he said: “Women can now throw away their contraceptives. Education is now free.”

Tanzania has a population of around 53 million people, with 49% of them living on less than $2 (Sh201) a day.

On average, a woman in Tanzania has more than five children, among the highest rates in the world.

He has proposed several controversial policies since he was elected in 2015.

Last year he proposed that pregnant schoolgirls be blocked from resuming their education after giving birth.


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More and more parents are putting their children on contraceptives despite their tender for fear of having to bear the shame of unwanted pregnancy.

While some parents might say that putting kids on birth control methods is a way of encouraging promiscuity among the youth but for one Mr Ondieki these pills are a saving grace.

Mr Ondieki opted to put all his daughters including his last born after his first born daughter got pregnant at only 14, and he cannot risk the stigmatization he went through again.

“I am not going to sit down and wait for my daughter to come with a protruding stomach, yet I know there is a way to prevent it,” Mr Ondieki*, a resident of Trans Mara in Narok County, and father of three daughter says resolutely.

All of them are on birth control. It began when his firstborn gave birth at the age of 14, while in Standard Seven. Before then, she spent many nights out, pretending to be attending preps at school.

Everyone talked about my promiscuous daughter. It was very embarrassing, and not only that, I am struggling to find money for school fees. I don’t need the added burden and responsibility. How do I take care of my daughters and their babies? I don’t have the resources,” he explains his decision to put his daughters on birth control.”

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His eldest still spends night outs, pretending to be at a friend’s place.

He further says  that his other two daughters were put on birth control as soon as they got to Standard Seven. His youngest – the lastborn – has been on Depo-Provera (the three-month contraceptive injection) for the last one year. The girls get their shots just before the school term starts.