Taking Stock: Family Planning access in Kenya faces challenges

Howard Akimala Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Although the government’s commitment to ensuring family planning access in Kenya, and making sure reproductive health services are available to all Kenyans, is spelled out in the National Reproductive Health Policy, the availability and access of family planning commodities and reproductive health medicines in health facilities remains limited in many areas. This was evident from findings of the Kenya Health Facility Assessment …

Kenya must invest in youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services to stem rising HIV infections

World AIDS Day 2016: Kenya Must Invest to Stem Rising HIV Infections

Collins Baswony HIV & AIDS, Kenya

Kenyan youth, especially young women, are the most at risk age group for new HIV infections according to data published by the National AIDS Control Council. Nearly two out of every ten new HIV infections in Kenya are those of young women between the age of 15 – 24 years. There are several reasons that the National AIDS Control Council …

Catherine Pkutor a student at a secondary school in West Pokot narrates her story. Catherine dropped out of school and teenage mother and wife before returning to school to complete her studies. DSW's advocacy work for family planning investment is intended to help thousands of girls like her in Kenya avoid teenage pregnancy PHOTO: Collins Baswony/DSW

Kenya: West Pokot County invests in family planning

Collins Baswony Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Uncategorised

A Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) partner county in Kenya has invested KES. 19 million (USD 188,000) for family planning for the 2016/2017 financial year. Speaking about this family planning investment, the county’s reproductive health Coordinator, Siree Consolata said that the funds will be used for family planning promotion across the county.

Nutrition in Western Kenya – tackling mother and child malnutrition

Howard Akimala Development Cooperation, Global Health, Kenya

The European Union will invest €1.63 million for projects about maternal and child nutrition in Western Kenya, over the next three years in Homa Bay County. Speaking during the commissioning of two projects in September, European Union representative Titus Katembu noted that malnutrition is a major public health concern in Kenya. He pointed out that the country is currently experiencing a rise …

Understanding EU-African relations – visiting Brussels

Imali Ngusale Development Cooperation, Kenya

In July, I had the privilege of visiting the DSW Office in Brussels with the aim of obtaining a comprehensive induction on EU advocacy, EU Budget instruments, and consultations with the representatives from the EU Member States so to advocate for the inclusion of unmet family planning needs in the upcoming EU calls for Kenya. EU ties to Africa While in …

Nakuru County Executive Committee for Health Dr. Daniel Mungai Kabii visits the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) information desk at World Contraception Day 2016 held in Nakuru County

Kenya: World Contraception Day 2016

Collins Baswony HIV & AIDS, Kenya, News, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Uncategorised

  Youth family planning champions mobilised their peers and communities to observe World Contraception Day 2016 in Kenya. The family planning champions, trained and supported by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW), worked with other stakeholders to plan and execute four World Contraception Day in Uasin Gishu Mombasa, West Pokot, Laikipia and Nyandarua Counties.

Invest in youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services

Collins Baswony Kenya, News, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

By Dr. George Kamau In the last 12 months, fresh data has been published confirming that Kenya’s teenagers and youth are struggling with their sexuality. According to the National AIDS Control Council, AIDS is the leading cause of death and morbidity among adolescents and young people in Kenya. Approximately 29% of all new HIV infections in Kenya are among adolescents …

Family Planning in East Africa: partnering to increase funding

Imali Ngusale Kenya, Population Dynamics

In late august, we were delighted to welcome to Mombasa some of our closest partners in family planning advocacy. The purpose of the invitation was to bring our collaborators around the table to discuss how we can better improve access to funding for family planning in East Africa. With the economic context always evolving, and donor organisations and governments regularly …

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Kenya: creating the next generation of family planning youth champions

Collins Baswony Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Following a recent four-day training workshop for family planning youth champions conducted by DSW, 26 youth from eight counties in Kenya are now better equipped to advocate for more and better funds for family planning from the public sector. The training workshop covered topic areas critical for family planning advocacy, including understanding family planning concepts, the budget-making process, the public participation framework, …

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Kenya: International Youth Day 2016

Collins Baswony Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Youth have fun, empower their peers about sexual and reproductive health to mark International Youth Day 2016 Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) members in Nairobi conducted four days of activities building up to the International Youth Day, commemorated annually on the 12th of August. The activities, which included a football tournament, a beauty pageant, community outreach as well as a community cleanup event, …