Kenya set to review laws on sexual and reproductive health

The country is in the process of reviewing its laws related to sexual and reproductive health.

The review aims to support Government’s initiatives for achieving the Three Zeros by 2030 as articulated by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Dr. Josephine Kibaru Mbae, Director General of National Council of Population Development (NCPD) said the review will also see the country develop appropriate policies, investments and innovative approaches that will ensure universal access to family planning.

“Kenya already has in place sound policy frameworks for achieving results. What is needed is renewed political commitment and concerted attention to implementation and effective resource mobilization and coordination,” said Dr. Kibaru.

UNFPA’s Three Zeros by 2030 aims for zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths, and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices, such as child marriage and female genital mutilations.

She said the Government will reaffirm this commitment during the Nairobi Summit on ICPD 25 from 12th -14th November 2019. The Conference will bring together governments, UN agencies, Civil Societies, Private Sector, women groups, youth networks and offer an inclusive platform to discuss on actions to accelerate the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and achievement of SDGs.

The government will also seek to address sexual and reproductive health and family planning services in hard-to-reach areas, in humanitarian setting and for internally displaced persons in conflict situations.

Kenya has established the Parliamentarian Network on Population and Development organized by the NCPD. The Parliamentarian Network offers a platform to obtain strong political commitments by parliamentarians to discuss population and development matters by promoting SSC for achievement of the programme of Action of ICPD and SDG goals.

Kenya recently participated in the 16th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on South-South Cooperation (SSC) in Population and Development in Tunis.

The delegates of the Inter-Ministerial Conference also committed to increase financial resources, including domestic, bilateral and multilateral funding, to increase transformational and effective South-South Cooperation (SSC) programs contributing to improved reproductive health, especially reducing maternal and under-five mortality in developing countries.
The 16th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on South-South Cooperation in Population and Development: Consolidating the Gains and Reaffirming the Commitments for the Achievements of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD PoA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, was jointly organized by Partners in Population and Development (PPD), the Government of Tunisia, and UNFPA.

Kenya is a founder member of PPD, established in 1994 during the ICPD in Cairo to promote and strengthen South-South Cooperation (SSC) in RH, Population and Development within the framework of the ICPD Program of Action and reinforced subsequently by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).