NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya has
overcome numerous obstacles linked to under-funding, policy disconnect and
entrenched cultural myths to inch closer to attaining universal access to family
planning, a UN official said on Tuesday.
during an occasion to mark World Population Day in Nairobi, Ademola Olajide, the
UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative said improved access to modern
contraceptives has unleashed economic, social and health benefits in Kenya.
commitment to achieve the global family planning targets has not escaped our
attention. The country not only attained the 56 percent target agreed by the
international community but also surpassed more developed economies in the
continent,” Olajide said.
World Population Day, with the theme “Family planning, empowering people and
developing nations,” sought to inject fresh impetus on a global debate on how to
accelerate access to birth control options among women of child-bearing age.
among African countries grappling with a rapid population growth and its
negative impacts like poverty, unemployment, crime and depletion of vital
national leaders and policymakers to prioritize investments in family planning
in order to improve the lives of women and enhance their contribution to
national and county governments should increase the budget for family planning
services and address barriers that hinder access that include lack of awareness,
cultural taboos, poverty and broken health systems,” said Olajide.
He added that
multilateral agencies will support grassroots interventions to promote uptake of
modern contraceptives in Kenya.