KENYA—The Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) has received 450,000 doses of subcutaneous Depot Medroxy-Progesterone Acetate (DMPA), an injectable contraceptive valued at Ksh. 56,418,382 (US$431,498.14), from the Ministry of Health, with assistance from several partners.

The event marked a significant milestone in the country’s efforts to enhance reproductive health and family planning services.

This collaborative initiative involved the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and other partners.

Their combined efforts underscore a strong commitment to overcoming barriers to commodity security, addressing the unmet need for family planning services, and improving health outcomes for women and families across Kenya.

The incorporation of DMPA self-injection into Kenya’s reproductive landscape is part of a larger reproductive health care initiative intended at improving service delivery.

These will complement the government’s attempts to enhance access to family planning, in keeping with global trends towards self-care interventions. 

Speaking at the event, Dr. Patrick Amoth, Acting Director General of Health, conveyed Nakhumicha’s remarks at the handover ceremony held at the KEMSA National Supply Chain Centre in Embakasi, Nairobi.

The event, organized in collaboration with key partners, highlighted the collective resolve to bolster reproductive health commodity security and advance family planning objectives in Kenya.

Nakhumicha emphasized Kenya’s demographic health goals, stressing the importance of continuous efforts to meet targets such as reducing the unmet need for family planning to single digits by 2030 and increasing the modern contraceptive prevalence rate to 64%.

She acknowledged the regional disparities in access to family planning services, particularly in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties, and called for targeted interventions to ensure equitable access for all Kenyans.

The provision of DMPA is a critical step towards addressing these disparities and ensuring that women in all regions have access to effective family planning methods.

Nakhumicha expressed gratitude to all stakeholders for their dedication to advancing reproductive health and family planning in Kenya.

This donation is expected to significantly impact Kenya’s family planning landscape by providing women with more options and enhancing the overall quality of reproductive health services.

The collaborative efforts of the Ministry of Health, UNFPA, FCDO, and other partners reflect a unified approach to improving the health and well-being of Kenyan families.

Through such initiatives, Kenya aims to achieve substantial progress in its reproductive health indicators, thereby contributing to the broader goal of sustainable development and improved quality of life for its citizens. 

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