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 community based workers (CHWs) – referred to as community based distributors (CBDs) when they provide family planning services – reached more than 1,200 women and greatly expanded access to contraception in this underserved area. The CHWs received training in the broad range of contraceptives as well as how to provide injectables contraception. About two of every three women opted to use depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), an intramuscular injection of 150 mg given every 13 weeks. Notably, about 12% of the DMPA group had never used any family planning method.

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