Reproductive health and culture are interlinked. When people are engaged and informed about these issues, there is an enormous amount of support.
— Honorable Beth Mugo,
Former Minister of Public Health and Sanitation, Kenya
Close to half of the population in Kenya is below the age of 18. The country government is prioritizing needs of young people. In order to deliver comprehensive and effective responses, Kenya’s health officials have turned to focus on quality reproductive health policy, specifically targeting the growing youth population. While this policy emphasizes the need to curb unmet need for family planning, it has many other benefits including the reduction of unsafe abortions and maternal mortalities. In responding holistically to its development concerns, Kenya is working not only to build a stronger health system, but also to reduce poverty and empower its most vulnerable communities.
The Resolve Award
The Resolve Award celebrates country-level, public sector leadership in driving innovations in reproductive health policy development, service delivery, and financing mechanisms. The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC) recognizes national governments for their leadership and for serving as the hub around which civil society, the private sector, donors, and so many others engage.
In 2012, the GLC recognized the Kenyan government for innovative approaches to reproductive health policy development. The Population Policy for National Development (PPND) puts family planning and reproductive health at the center of development. The PPND reaffirms that reproductive health is a human right, and that all people, regardless of income, must be able to choose the number and timing of their children—and have access to high-quality reproductive health care. The policy grew out of a three-year effort to engage citizens and leaders in developing a visionary population policy, created by and for the Kenyan people. This groundbreaking new policy is truly owned by the Kenyan people. It recognizes the impact of rapid population growth on
Kenya’s development goals and proposes a multisectoral approach to address this issue, with a focus on voluntary family planning. The PPND is a component of Kenya’s broader development plan, Vision 2030.
•The PPND aims to increase contraceptive prevalence rate from 46% in 2012 to 70% by 2030