This evaluation project focuses on developing the evidence base around “what works” in terms of programmatic approaches for increasing the contraceptive choices of adolescent girls,...read more
The PDRH program works in, among other places, Western Kenya to reverse the stall of fertility decline in the counties of Busia and Siaya.
There has been a noticeable expansion of community health workers ‘activities and a strong involvement of the ministry of public health and sanitation at the national, provincial and district levels.
Our study into the use of menstrual cups to manage menstrual flows among young girls and women in urban areas led to reduced levels of absenteeism form school and workplaces
Policy makers allocated money in the national budget to improve menstrual management among young school girls. As a result, the Kenyan government was able to initiate a program to provide free sanitary pads to needy girls attending public schools.
PDRH research shows that Kenyan women carried out 465,000 unsafe abortions in 2012. This translates to a national abortion rate of 48 per 1,000 women of reproductive age (15-49 years), a rate comparable to Uganda, but much higher than that of other countries in Africa.
This evidence has sparked national and international debate and points to the unmet need for family planning and post-abortion counseling and care. Now, the Ministry of Health has produced guidelines and began training health workers on safe post abortion care.