Kenya

With one of the largest populations in Sub-Saharan Africa of 44.2 million, and estimates that the population will increase by another 13 million by 2025, Kenya faces profound environmental challenges due to high population growth, with subsequent risks to the population’s overall health status.[1] At the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012, Kenya’s Government committed to increased budget support for family planning and enshrining the right of individuals to quality reproductive health care.

Jhpiego is AFP’s lead partner in Kenya, working to increase political will to invest in quality family planning and bring about policy change to allow trained volunteer community health workers to offer injectable contraceptives.

View Kenya’s Family Planning 2020 commitment.

In the tabs below, review Jhpiego Kenya’s Key Contacts, their specific Advocacy Priorities for 2015, Kenya’s Evidence & Briefs, and Milestones toward achieving family planning goals.

2015

ÉTUDE DE CAS: Quatre contés du Kenya développent des stratégies de planification familiale chiffrées

Source: AFP

Quatre contés kenyans ont développé et adopté de nouvelles stratégies de planification familiale chiffrées sur une durée de cinq ans (2014-2018), également connues comme « plans d’exécution chiffrés ». Ces stratégies établissent les bases qui permettront de prioriser et estimer les coûts de la planification familiale, tout en servant de guide à la planification, mobilisation des ressources, mise en oeuvre et suivi des programmes à l’échelle des contés. Débutant avec l’année fiscale 2015/2014, les contés bénéficieront pour la première fois d’un cadre établi pour allouer une ligne budgétaire à la planification familiale.

2014

Accelerating Contraceptive Choice Meeting

Stakeholders in East Africa convened in Nairobi in April 2014 for Accelerating Contraceptive Choice, a regional meeting to increase access to high-quality family planning services in sub-Saharan Africa, beginning in East Africa. Specifically, so that women and men will have access to the widest possible range of contraceptives and accurate information on these methods, enabling them to make an informed, voluntary choice about the method which best fulfills their desires and needs.

The meeting brought together 80 experts in program and policy development and implementation in East Africa and emphasized gains to be made in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to accelerate contraceptive choice. It provided a platform for exchange of key technical resources, research findings, shared experiences, and the impediments and opportunities for large-scale uptake of proven interventions.

2011

Expanding the Support-Base for SRHR and the Attainment of MDG 5

Source: EuroNGOs Task Force Mission Report, May 2011 Fact-finding trip to Nairobi, Kenya

On 10-15 April 2011, two Task Force members -- Ms. Jacqueline Bryld from Sex & Samfund as lead organization on this project, and Ms. Patrizia Pompili from the EuroNGOs Secretariat, who is coordinating this project -- undertook a fact-finding mission to Nairobi, Kenya.

The objectives of the mission were to:

  • Establish a wide range of contacts, set up meetings and carry on interviews and consultations with key stakeholders in the health sector (donors, civil society groups and the government) to identify potential avenues for collaboration. 
  • Gather updated information on the status of the Kenyan health system, donors‘ support to the sector and coordination mechanisms, particularly in the SRHR sector.
  • Establish contacts with Kenyan civil society and explore the possibility of a future partnership within the EuroNGOs.
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Kenya Advocacy Priorities

With its commitment made at the London Summit on Family Planning, Kenya has agreed to protect individuals’ rights to quality reproductive health care, including family planning information, services and supplies, in the Kenyan Constitution. The government’s budgetary allocation to family planning has grown from US $2.5 million in 2005/2006 to US $6.6 million in 2012/2013. The government is working closely with development partners to secure increased financing for family planning commodities and services. As part of the efforts to address family planning needs for the poor and hard-to-reach segments of the population, the government will scale up its voucher system, which provides reproductive health services, including family planning, in five rural and urban districts in Kenya. The government has already established over 70 Youth Empowerment Centres, with the goal of having one in each constituency to provide a one-stop-shop for youth-friendly information, including family planning. The target is to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate from 46% to 56% by 2015.

Priorities for Advance Family Planning and advocacy in Kenya include: (1) securing government guidance related to community health worker provision of injectables; (2) strengthening family planning advocacy coalitions and local civil society organizations; (3) integrating the implications of the Constitution for policymaking and county-level advocacy; (4) addressing wide disparities between rich and poor and family planning access gaps in urban areas; (5) engagement of the corporate sector; (6) reducing stock-outs; (7) gaining government support following Kenya’s 2013 elections.

AFP Resources
Date Title Source
2015

Case Study: Four Kenyan Counties Develop Costed Family Planning Strategies

Four counties in Kenya have developed and approved new, five-year (2014-2018) costed family planning strategies, also known as costed implementation...
AFP
2014

Ensuring Access to Family Planning for All in Kenya

This document highlights Kenya's FP2020 commitment and the advocacy and policy priorities for Advance Family Planning.
Advance Family Planning
2014

Advocating with Data and Deference to Stakeholders: Increasing Community Access to Injectable Contraceptives in Kenya

The Government of Kenya amended its national family planning guidelines to allow community-based distribution of injectable contraceptives by...
AFP
Other Resources
Date Title Source
2013

Realizing the Demographic Dividend for Africa (Eng/Fr)

6th Joint Annual Meetings of the AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and...
UN Economic Commission for Africa, African Union Commission, National Transfer Accounts
2013

Measurement, Learning and Evaluation of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative: Kenya Midterm Survey

This report presents the findings from an analysis of the midterm survey results from urban samples in three cities in Kenya.
Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Project
2012

Fact Sheets on Urban RH in Kenya

The Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Knowledge Management team based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for...
Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Project
2012

Fertility Differences Among Developing Countries: Are They Still Related to Family Planning Program Efforts and Social Settings?

National family planning programs, which emerged during the 1960s and 1970s, were greeted skeptically by some, who doubted that they would affect...
Guttmacher Institute, 2012
2011

Integrating Family Planning and HIV Services: Programs in Ethiopia and Kenya Lead the Way

Programs in Kenya and Ethiopia are leading the way in integrating FP, HIV, and maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) services. To document how...
AIDSTAR-One, John Snow Inc.
2011

Kenya Ministry of Health Project Supports Greater Access to Contraception

Results from a year-long pilot project (2009-2010) in a rural area of Tharaka District, Eastern Province, led by the Ministry of Health, found that...
FHI 360, 2011
2011

New Fact Sheets: Take Action to Improve Reproductive Health in Kenya

Civil society organizations partnering in the Healthy Action project have joined hands in an effort to ensure sexual and reproductive health gets...
Healthy Action
AFP Resources
Date Title Source
2015

Case Study: Four Kenyan Counties Develop Costed Family Planning Strategies

Four counties in Kenya have developed and approved new, five-year (2014-2018) costed family planning strategies, also known as costed implementation...
AFP
Other Resources
Date Title Source
2015

Kenya: Family Planning Future Rests On Counties

By John MuchangiHoma Bay may become the unlikely leader in family planning, despite having some of the poorest sexual and reproductive health...
The Star (Nairobi)
2013

Measurement, Learning & Evaluation of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative: Kenya, Mid-term Survey

 This report contributes to the debate by systematically reviewing and synthesizing evidence concerning the impact of universal coverage...
Measurement, Learning & Evaluation Project

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