HEALTH-KENYA: Family Planning Not Only For Women

January 29, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

In a makeshift room inside an unfinished building in the Manyatta slums in the Western Kenyan city of Kisumu, the neighbourhood’s men regularly congregate to discuss community matters, usually in the presence of the area chief.

But the May 21 baraza (a chief’s gathering) was of a different kind. A community health worker engaged the over 50 men on family planning (FP), an issue they are uncomfortable about.

“Family planning is only for women. And it makes them promiscuous. I would never advise my wife to use those things [contraceptives] because the role of a woman is to give birth to children,” Zaddock Odhiambo, a 28-year-old father of six remarked.

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