Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

Family Planning, Fertility and Population Growth

Progress towards goals 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health) of the millennium development goals (MDGs) has been generally slow in sub-Saharan Africa.  To meet these and other MDGs, sub-Saharan Africa’s best hope remains its vast and untapped Human Capital. Yet, about 4 million infants and children continue to die annually from preventable causes, whilst unchecked unintended pregnancy increasingly contributes to unsafe abortion and consequently poor maternal health outcomes. Emerging evidence asserts that the disparity in key family planning and sexual reproductive health indicators is widening, making it clear that our Human Capital has been and is under threat. We need to focus our efforts toward providing robust scientific evidence to guide crucial policy generation and implementation to curb the needless hemorrhage. In doing this we would not only have a fighting chance at meeting the MDGs but we would also have saved and positively impacted countless lives.

Current Project

Improving Access to Reproductive Health Services for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Program: Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

This project aims to improve access to reproductive health services for adolescent girls and young women in Kenya by generating evidence on the situation of abortion and post-abortion care and train health care providers to develop skills to offer comprehensive post-abortion care to young women.


  • Generate and share evidence on the situation of abortion and post-abortion care (including demand for and quality of abortion and post-abortion care services) among young women in Kenya using recent nationally-representative data;
  • Generate and share evidence on the service-delivery barriers to comprehensive abortion and post-abortion care provision to young women and girls in Kenya;
  • Strengthen health providers’ capacity to offer quality reproductive health services, including comprehensive post-abortion care counselling and FP to young people in Kenya.


Partner Institutions

  • Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET)


Project Period

  • 2014 – 2016

Project Funders

  • SAAF Web

    Through operations research, service delivery and advocacy, the Safe Abortion Action Fund exists to prevent unsafe abortion and to help the millions of women and girls who suffer complications. Such complications arise because they cannot access...

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