Murang’a County Family Planning – January to June 2016


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Author(s): MEASURE Evaluation PIMA

Year: 2017

Murang’a County Family Planning – January to June 2016 Abstract:

The current status of Kenya’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) is 53%. The goal is 58% mCPR by 2020, and 66% mCPR by 2030. To reduce the burden of unwanted pregnancies and the risk of maternal deaths of teenage mothers from unsafe abortions, more effort is required to address the high unmet need for contraceptives among youth and adolescents.

Key Issues for Family Planning Programming in Murang’a County include:

  • A growing youth and adolescent burden of unwanted pregnancies
  • Low uptake of available family planning opportunities among adolescents and youth
  • Reliance on short-acting methods
  • Commodity security
  • Poor use of data for decision making

We can do more, by focusing on the sexual and reproductive health issues of adolescents and youth. A first step is to train providers on youth- friendly services and facilitate health facilities to become youth friendly.

Creating wider access to all contraceptive options, especially long-acting methods that are the relatively effective, can substantially reduce unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and pregnancy-related maternal mortality.

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