REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

PREAMBLE

INVESTING IN FAMILY planning is fundamental to achieving Kenya’s health and development goals. When women in developing nations have the ability (access and right to contraception) to space out their pregnancies by at least three years, their babies are twice as likely to reach their first birthday.

There is also evidence of the anti-poverty effects of family planning. For example, women who space out their pregnancies are more likely to advance their education and earn an income to support their families.

PS Kenya employs cutting edge health interventions to address unmet reproductive health needs and disparities across the country to give women and families at large; power to decide when they would want to have children, how many and how much time in between one child and another. The overall goal of our Reproductive Health/Family Planning program is to contribute to the increase of modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate in Kenya .

National indicators show some progress towards achieving the national targets by the year 2020. However, there still exists high disparities on these indicators with some counties having a very low modern contraceptive prevalence rate and a high unmet need for contraception.

The objectives of PS Kenya’s Reproductive Health/Family Planning program include:

  • Improve the adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviours related to family planning and maternal
  • health through social behaviour change communication;
  • Increase access to and demand for high-quality health products and services;
  • Strengthen ownership and stewardship of reproductive health initiatives at both at national andcounty levels; and
  • Support Reproductive Maternal Health Services Unit (RMHSU) at the Ministry of Health to gather evidence and stakeholder support to advocate for the gradual reduction of free supply of family planning commodities to the private sector, while engaging and supporting private sector players to play a bigger role.

PS Kenya reproductive health/family planning target audience

  • Sexually active unmarried youth aged 15-24 years.
  • Married couples aged 18 – 49 years.

FAMILY PLANNING

Kenya has been recognized for its strides in increasing its modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) and satisfying demand, including receiving an EXCELL award in 2015. With such a high modern CPR of 58% we are faced with a twofold challenge; sustaining use among the high CPR counties and increasing use in low CPR counties. Improvements in health outcomes such as an increase in mCPR do mask vast disparities and inequities in access, service provision and quality of care across the country.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FOR YOUTH
AND ADOLESCENTS

There are 9.2 million adolescents and young people aged 15 – 24 years in Kenya. This is close to 20% of Kenya’s total population. This is a Key demography whose health status directly affects the socioeconomic status of the country. Even though we would want this age group to contribute positively in the development of the country, they are instead held back due to poor reproductive health status. Sexual debut is early in teenage life, unprotected sexual activity continues as they transition to adulthood. Their rate of contraceptive use is low translating to high unmet need for contraceptives. PS Kenya has identified this as one of the priority target audience in dire need of specifically tailor made interventions which address their unique needs. This is because addressing their Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) needs now would significantly improve the current national SRH indicators and guarantee a healthy future generation.

SAFE MOTHERHOOD

Through this program we advocate for the promotion of skilled and safe deliveries within our social franchise Tunza. The overall objectives of this program include: increasing demand for safe motherhood services within Tunza, increase access to safe motherhood services within Tunza and improving quality of care of private sector health providers within the Tunza Network through training and supervision.

PS Kenya has developed and disseminated information and education communication materials for the 3 audiences: women in the community, the community health worker, the health service provider in the first half of this year for BCC activities. Successful trainings in BeMONC & MPDSR have been carried out for Tunza facility providers to increase their skill in delivering babies safely. The program has also revised its data tools to capture adolescents and youth data.

CERVICAL CANCER

Through this program we advocate for the promotion of skilled and safe deliveries within our social franchise Tunza. The overall objectives of this program include: increasing demand for safe motherhood services within Tunza, increase access to safe motherhood services within Tunza and improving quality of care of private sector health providers within the Tunza Network through training and supervision.

PS Kenya has developed and disseminated information and education communication materials for the 3 audiences: women in the community, the community health worker, the health service provider in the first half of this year for BCC activities. Successful trainings in BeMONC & MPDSR have been carried out for Tunza facility providers to increase their skill in delivering babies safely. The program has also revised its data tools to capture adolescents and youth data.

OUR IMPACT

In 2016, we saw the numbers of adolescent girls and young women accessing contraceptive
services in Tunza clinics increase. A total 0f 59,781 FP methods were issued to adolescent
girls and young women. This accounted to 27% of all FP methods served through the Tunza
franchise. Over 3,800 IUCDs and over 11,200 implants were served to this demography.
Comparing these numbers the proportion of young women opting for long acting methods
were higher compared with the older generation.

161,344

Screened for
cervical cancer

161,344

Screened for
cervical cancer

HEALTH AREAS

WASH

COOK STOVES

Remedies For Colic

MALARIA

CHILD HEALTH