Govt suspends family planning ads ‘for now’
TANZANIA HAS banned radio and television spots campaigning for birth control “until further notice.”
This comes days after President John Magufuli dimissed those engaged in family planning as “lazy.”
Now, the Ministry of Health, Gender, the Elderly and Children has cancelled all family planning and birth control campaigns until they undergo revision.
In a letter to the chief of party of the United States Agency for International Development, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya wrote, “I request you to stop with immediate effect airing and publishing any family planning contents on any media channel until further notice.”
The government document did not bear details of what is undesirable in the family planning content that has necessitated the said review.
Neither did the letter explain how long will it take to execute the review to allow the sponsored spots back on air.