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This qualitative study examined the challenges faced by adolescents in Kenya with regard to unintended pregnancies and how adolescents in urban slum settlements manage and cope with unintended pregnancies. The study’s findings suggest that high levels of unintended pregnancy among young people in Kenya’s urban slums are linked to myths and misconceptions about contraception. Other findings underscore the fact that many young people lack access to contraception and reproductive health services; indicate that unintended pregnancies are linked to sexual violence; and highlight the need for government to manage the high levels of school dropout as a result of an unintended pregnancy. The overall expectations were that the findings would inform the design of sexual and reproductive health intervention programs that respond to the unique needs of adolescent boys and girls living in resource-poor urban settings. The report outlines a number of programmatic implications to address the problem of reducing unintended pregnancies among young people in the urban slums of Nairobi.





Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)