The main components


Issue: "Passing of a peacemaker," Feb. 20, 1999

The main components in the UN's population program for Kenya:

  • Making contraceptives and training in birth control more available to adolescents
    "Adolescents were not successfully reached through family life education in the formal school curricula because the opposition of a minority of vocal religious leaders impeded implementation of the proposed activities."
    -UNFPA's Kenya report
  • National tracking system
    "To identify the gaps in service delivery, the geographic information system (GIS) will be expanded from the current coverage of 19 districts to national coverage. Identified weaknesses will then be addressed by extensive cascade training programs, including those for reproductive health care providers as well as for managers at higher levels of the health system."
    -UNFPA report
  • Legalizing abortion
    "An estimated 10 percent of female student drop-outs is accounted for by unplanned pregnancy, and 40 percent of all documented schoolgirl pregnancies terminate in abortion. Unsafe abortions are responsible for one-third of maternal deaths in Kenya."
    -UNFPA report

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Mindy Belz
Mindy Belz

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