PMC in Kenya

PMC began working in Kenya in 2020 to support the work of UNFPA-UNICEF’s Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. It’s expected, and already being seen, that COVID-19 increases the practice of female genital mutilation.

As part of the project, PMC launched two radio shows in Kenya, using its tried and true social behavior change communication approach. Maisha Pakacha (“Life is a Carrier Bag”) and Isbadalka Maalmaha (“Changing Days”) were on air through 2021 addressing FGM, adolescent reproductive health, child marriage, gender-based violence, and other critical social and health issues.


Acting together on women's health and economic status.

Population Size

54 Million (2021)

Growth Rate



Of women and girls have experienced FGM.


  • Total Fertility Rate: 3.36 (CIA)
  • Contraceptive Prevalence Rates: 60% (CIA, 2017)
  • HIV/AIDS Adult Prevalence Rate: 4.8% (CIA, 2019)
  • HIV/AIDS compared to the world: 13 (CIA, 2019)
  • Population Below Poverty Line: 36% (CIA & UNICEF 2016)
  • FGM Prevalence in Women and Girls: 21% (UNICEF, 2014)
  • Mother's Mean Age at First Birth: 20 years old (CIA, 2014)

Our Projects

Addressing the issues affecting women and girls in Kenya requires a culturally sensitive social behavior change approach. This approach must consider the local cultural and provincial contexts, with a focus on women's rights, to motivate behavior change on a wide scale. Thus, PMC-Kenya developed and broadcasted two local language 156-episode radio shows.

About Kenya

Kenya has a population of over 54 million and has experienced an increase in population growth since the mid-1900s. The present annual population growth rate is 2.15 percent – high fertility rates and an unmet need for family planning has resulted in 40 percent of Kenyans being under the age of 15 years old.

Kenya is a country in eastern Africa, with borders on the Indian Ocean, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania. The country’s population is unevenly distributed with high density on the western boarder and on the eastern Indian Ocean coastline.

Current World Population


Net Growth During Your Visit