Results from this study demonstrate that most women having unmet need for family planning in Kenya were aware of the two main contraceptive methods and a supply source, but many of the poorest, least educated women and those living in North Eastern Province were disadvantaged in this regard. Targeted expansion of access/information is a priority to meet the need of the disadvantaged populations. Kenya has one of the longest records of successful family planning programs in Africa, but this report has revealed some major defects, in particular excess reliance on two hormonal methods. Major future progress may well depend on successful popularization of other methods, particularly long-acting and permanent methods. Broadening the method mix will require simultaneous effort to stimulate the demand and increase access.
Machiyama, Kazuyo and John C. Cleland. 2013. "Insights into unmet need in Kenya," STEP UP Research Report. London: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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