Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ) is a non-governmental organization with a mandate to provide non-discriminatory, friendly and person centered Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) to all people in Zambia. PPAZ was established in the early 1970’s by a small group of bold and passionate volunteers that recognized the need for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in the newly formed country of Zambia. At the time, Zambia was extremely conservative and issues concerning Family Planning and Sexual Health were considered taboo and were not openly spoken about in society. The founding members were trailblazers as they advocated for improved maternal health,family planning, safe abortions and a whole host of other issues that are now collectively known as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
Today, PPAZ stands as an organisation in Zambia that responds to the challenges of the unmet needs in reproductive health such as high fertility rates, low contraceptive use, high incidence of HIV in the country, low use of condoms for HIV prevention, teenage pregnancies, unsafe abortion and inadequate access to services by underprivileged and the under-served. In Zambia the organization has been fully recognized and appreciated as a reliable service provider and initiator whose programs make a significant contribution to the Zambian people.
From humble beginnings PPAZ has grown into an organisation with operations across all 10 provinces of Zambia, can count on over 2,000 volunteers nationwide, operates 4 Health Facilities and provides 1 Million SRH services annually.
Our vision is to realize a society in which all people in Zambia enjoy equal sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and have access to quality and affordable SRH information and services.
Our mission is to advocate for sexual and reproductive health rights of women, men and young people, especially the vulnerable, and to empower them to make free and informed reproductive health choices. We dedicate ourselves to the provision of high quality and sustainable youth-focused sexual and reproductive health services.
PPAZ Strategic Actions 2016 – 2022
- Advocate for the gender equality agenda as well as the harmonization of policies in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
- Support roll-out of comprehensive sexuality education for in and out of school young people.
- Provide at least five million integrated sexual and reproductive health services which include the needs of adolescents and young people through PPAZ and government facilities.
- Enhance and develop institutional policies; enforce adherence to practice; encourage business development and social accountability for the Associations’ sustainability.
PPAZ partners with many organisations in its line of work in order to deliver on its objectives. These include the Government of Zambia, Development and Collaborating partners, Like-minded Civil Society Organisations and, communities and the general public. Individuals and organisations are also encouraged to join the fight for full utilization of sexual and reproductive health rights for all, by becoming a member of PPAZ.