In 1999, FRONTIERS launched the Kenya Adolescent Reproductive Health Project (KARHP), testing a multisectoral approach to improving young people’s reproductive health knowledge and behavior at community, school, and health-facility levels in two pilot districts in the Western Province. The intervention involved three key government ministries—Education, Science and Technology, Health, and Gender, Sports, Culture, and Social Services—with input from community leaders, parents, and youth. Positive findings from the study convinced the three ministries and USAID to institutionalize and scale up selected elements from the pilot project. In 2003, FRONTIERS and PATH began providing technical assistance aimed at mainstreaming and expanding cost-effective adolescent reproductive health (ARH) strategies (peer education for in- and out-of-school youth, youth-friendly health services, community mobilization, and a standard ARH curriculum and training materials). The involvement of several ministries in planning, implementing, costing, and monitoring KARHP pilot activities enhanced commitment and attention to ARH. At noted in this brief, FRONTIERS and PATH will continue working with the three ministries to increase visibility for ARH in national policies and guidelines. The ultimate goal is to mainstream KARHP into the three ministries countrywide.
"Kenya: Multisectoral engagement increases support for adolescent reproductive health," FRONTIERS OR Summary no. 65. Washington, DC: Population Council, 2007.
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