Kenya’s mothers are dying at an alarming rate: a woman giving birth in Kenya has a 1 in 38 chance of dying due to inadequate reproductive health services. In response, in 2014 Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta launched the Beyond Zero campaign to create awareness and raise funds to tackle maternal mortality and morbidity and improve child health. This brief offers six policy and programmatic recommendations to address significant sexual and reproductive health challenges highlighted throughout the report. These recommendations take into account the policy context in Kenya, which is evolving at a rapid rate in part because of the new devolution process, and increased interest and public debate surrounding maternal health and family planning. Though the Kenyan government has made key strides in improving reproductive health outcomes for its citizens, the recommendations outlined in the report would help the country move closer to achieving its reproductive health goals.
Mumah, Joyce, Jessica Brinton, Caroline W. Kabiru, Carol Mukiira, and Chimaraoke O. Izugbara. 2014. "Kenya country profile: A status check on unintended pregnancy in Kenya," STEP UP Evidence Brief. Nairobi: Population Council.
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