The National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) in conjunction with various partners marked the world contraception day on 26th September, 2019 underscoring increased domestic financing for family planning. The day is celebrated globally.
Co- convened with Ministry of Health (MoH), UNFPA and other partners, the event was marked through sensitizing communities on contraception and advocating for commodity security through domestic financing.
It also linked family planning to the realization of the demographic bonus in Kenya. The forum also informed Kenyans about the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit and Kenya’s commitments.
The organizing committee comprised of NCPD, MoH, UNFA, Population Services Kenya (PSK), AMREF Health Care and HealthStrat. Others were the German Foundation for World Population (DSW), Network of Adolescents and Youth of Africa (NAYA), Maries Stopes Kenya (MSK), the Council of Governors (CoG), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and Bayer East Africa.
A panel discussion suggested a total market approach and re-engineering of the health system so that payment for services is targeted. – the system should only support free services to vulnerable groups, Consistent analysis of the market dynamics to ensure balanced supply and demand to cut on stock-out and reduce unmet need for family planning and legislation allowing the private sector to provide FP services and also contribute to quality data capture and management for real-time service delivery.
Others are meaningful engagement of young people – inform, sensitize, educate young people on the benefits of contraception, strengthen collaboration with civil society, prioritize family planning at national and county level by providing budget lines, sensitize the Parliament on family planning to support and pass proposals for increased resource envelope.
In her key note address Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Health Sicily Kariuki highlighted the progress made towards ensuring health for all (Linda Mama Project, Beyond Zero Initiative, Youth Friendly Services. She at the same time blamed teenage pregnancies for contributing to high maternal mortality and morbidity.
“The early marriages and cultural barriers continue to limit access and utilization of maternal and child health services including FP,” she said adding that there was inequity and geographical disparity in accessing MCH/FP and RH services.
As a way forward, the CS health called for a multi-sectoral approach to FP and harmonization with Ministry of Education and Gender, increased financing for the health sector, including the resourcing of FP and RH services. So far only Kes.5b has been allocated for health.
Others are the National Scale-up of the UHC to ensure focus on inequalities, particularly in marginalized counties with high fertility and low family planning use; we need to ensure “no one is left behind, enhanced use of technology and innovation in access to reproductive health information especially for the Youth and Adolescents, a stop to any debate on lowering of age of consent.
Mr Peter Nyakwara of NCPD said ICPD 25 aimed at obtaining a strong political commitment for the Cairo ICPD agenda, create political and financial momentum to advance the ICPD agenda as an indispensable part of Agenda 2030 concentrating on preventable maternal mortality, unmet need for FP and eliminating violence against women and harmful practices and offer an inclusive platform for a broad range of member states and other stakeholders to come together around the universally applicable principle of right and choice for all.