family planning
family planning

Kenya has secured additional 387 million shillings (3.7 million U.S. dollars) from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in support of the country’s request to procure contraceptives that are running low amid decline in donor funding, a UN official said on Wednesday.

Ademola Olajide, UNFPA Kenya Country Representative said providing access to contraceptives and reproductive health services helps women thrive and prosper in local economies.

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“There is a need for strong investment in family planning as an intervention for saving lives as well as attaining the demographic dividend,” said Olajide.

He also called upon the government to ensure that family planning commodities are adequately funded in the national and county budgets.

Sicily Kariuki, cabinet secretary for health said Kenya has made notable progress through the Protect the Mother program that has helped in reducing maternal newborn and child mortality.

“Through the program, 62 percent of births occur in health facilities and 65 percent of pregnant women are delivered by personnel,” said Kariuki.

She added that the ministry will increase finance in the health sector including resourcing of family planning and reproductive health services. Enditem

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