In 1970s and 1980s Kenya had a successful Family Planning (FP) programme. The programme stalled in the 1990s due to inadequate investment in family planning, diversion of resources to HIV and AIDS and reduced commitment to family planning from leaders. The programme is characterized by insufficient budgetary allocation, in efficient, logistical, and management challenges. Public sector facilities experience occasional stock-outs of specific contraceptives, thereby negatively impacting on method of choice and leading to high discontinuation rates.
Interventions seeking to advocate for higher allocations of the national budgets to family planning services particularly on FP commodities as well as advocacy efforts towards effective and 100% utilization of the funds dedicated to FP commodities would lead Kenya to make progression to the attainment of MDG 5. The intervention will result in progression of realization of sexual and reproductive health rights in Kenya
The project is supported by Population Action International (PAI) to advocate for increased budget allocation and effective utilization of funds for family planning programs in Kenya. This will be achieved by conducting budget analysis and calling on the government to increase budget and expenditure for FP commodities including contraceptives and other medical supplies so as to address the frequent stock outs and therefore improve access to Family Planning and other reproductive health services in Kenya.
The project will generate:
- Family Planning budget and expenditure assessment report identifying the amount allocated, actual expenditure and factors that influence expenditure in 2010/2011 budget.
- A dashboard report on factors that enable and inhibit full expenditure and programming of Family Planning funds in Kenya
- Recommendations to policy makers and stakeholders