2014 service delivery points survey: Findings

2 July 2015

The 2014 survey results on availability and accessibility of modern contraceptives and essential lifesaving maternal and reproductive health drugs in Service Delivery Points (SDPs) carried out by Ministry of Health with technical and financial support of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund show that up to 78.8% and 81.8% of primary and secondary level SDPs were out of stock of at least one modern family planning method at the time of survey in Lesotho. Implants are more likely to be out of stock (64.1%) in primary level SDPs surveyed. The major reason for SDPs having stocked out is reported to the delaying in resupply.

The survey results launched in Maseru on Thursday 02 July 2015 further suggests that more than 80% of SDPs offer male and female condoms, oral contraceptives, injectable and emergency contraceptives. The survey found that none of the primary level facilities offer any form of sterilization services. Furthermore, the results show that out of 149 surveyed SDPs, 66.4% of them provide family planning services and 98.0% offer maternal health services.

During the survey results launching event, speaking on behalf of UNFPA Representative to Lesotho Mrs Therese Zeba Kobeane at the Ministry of Health, UNFPA's Programme Specialist Ms Darlene Omeir stated that the survey results would go a long way in contributing towards improvement of Reproductive Health Commodity Security in Lesotho.

She explained that UNFPA developed the Global Programme to enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security (GPRHCS), which is a UNFPA flagship programme that helps countries build stronger health systems and improve access to reliable supply of contraceptives and live-saving medicines for maternal health.

She further stated that the survey is a mean of monitoring the advances the country is making towards Reproductive Health Commodity Security. It is conducted annually in 46 GPRHCS focused countries globally and Lesotho conducted her first SDP Survey in 2014.