A Knock for Kenya's Family Planning as Focus Shifts to Covid-19

The focus on containing the spread of Covid-19 has hit crucial mother-to-child health care services, including family planning and immunisation, research has shown. Half of the pregnancies in the country are unintended. The survey warned that if the shift does not change and interventions on maternal and child care remain unavailable, successes realised are likely to be reversed. It has been found that six out of 10 teenagers got pregnant yet they did not want to have a child at that time while 20 did not want the pregnancy at all. Kenya attained the contraceptives prevalence of 61% in 2019, surpassing the 2020 target of 58%, according to the Ministry of Health.

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