In 2012, the government of Kenya committed to reviewing policy barriers that impede access to contraceptives at community-level health facilities. The Ministry of Health has followed through by issuing revised guidelines allowing community health workers to provide Depo-Provera®. The government has also followed through with its commitment to initiate reforms at the Kenya Medical Supply Agency (KEMSA), transforming it into an authority to give it operational autonomy from the Ministry of Health. The government is now seeking seed money for KEMSA to procure family planning commodities as a revolving fund.
To increase accessibility to family planning services, Kenya has scaled up its health voucher system to four rural and two urban districts. After the re-launch of the family planning campaign in February 2012, the government also scaled up advocacy and awareness activities at the county level to build support and create demand for family planning. Ongoing activities include forums that involve political and executive leaders at the county level and messages aired on local radio and television stations.
The government is also making progress toward its goal of having one Youth Empowerment Center in each constituency to serve as a one-stop shop for youth-friendly information, including family planning. In 2012 there were over 70 Youth Empowerment Centers in operation; now there are 118, with 28 more at various stages of construction.
Source: Kenya National Council for Population and Development, via FP2020 self-report.