Advocacy tool helps Kenya change family planning policy
[NAIROBI] A new tool — called “Smart Chart” — to promote community-based distribution of injectable contraceptives in Kenya has made the government change its family planning policy, a study says.
The study released yesterday (14 November ) at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2013) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, says Kenya’s previous efforts to change family planning guidelines to allow community health workers to offer family planning injectables to women seeking services stalled because of a policy that didn’t allow them to distribute the injectables.
The researchers say the study resulted from a partnership between an international non-profit organisation with a branch in Kenya – called Jhpiego – and Advance Family Planning (AFP), an advocacy initiative to promote sustainable family planning in countries such as Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.
In November 2011, the two partners implemented the smart chart advocacy approach to increase community-based distribution of injectable contraceptives in Kenya. The team invited policymakers, including leaders of Kenya’s Ministry of Health and other stakeholders such as nursing association representatives to map strategies for increasing use of injectable contraceptives.
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