Kenya set to review laws on sexual, reproductive health


Kenya set to review laws on sexual, reproductive health

Kenya is in the process of reviewing its laws related to sexual and reproductive health.

According to the National Council of Population Development (NCPD), this is part of the government’s plans ensure universal access to family planning.

“Kenya already has in place sound policy frameworks for achieving results. What is needed is renewed political commitment and concerted attention to implementation and effective resource mobilization and coordination,” said Dr. Josephine Kibaru Mbae, Director General of National Council of Population Development (NCPD).

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) it targeting three zeros within the next decade.

They are 1) zero unmet need for family planning, 2) zero preventable maternal deaths, and 3) zero gender-based violence and harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilations.

Dr. Mbae said the Government will reaffirm this commitment during the Nairobi summit on ICPD 25 from November 12-14 this year.

The conference will bring together government officials, UN agencies, civil societies, members of the private sector,women groups and youth networks to discuss initiatives that can accelerate implementation of the three zeros.

The government will also seek to address sexual and reproductive health and family planning services in hard-to-reach areas, in humanitarian setting and for internally displaced persons in conflict situations.

Kenya has established the Parliamentarian Network on Population and Development organized by the NCPD.

It offers a platform for strong political commitments from MPs on population and development with regards to sexual and reproductive health.

Kenya recently participated in the 16th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on South-South Cooperation (SSC) in Population and Development in Tunisia.

The delegates committed to increase financial resources, including domestic, bilateral and multilateral funding, to increase transformational and effective South-South Cooperation (SSC) programs contributing to improved reproductive health, especially reducing maternal and under-five mortality in developing countries.

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