Worried about the failure by young people to access sexual and reproductive health services, the government has embarked on an ambitious programme of establishing youth friendly centres in public health facilities.\
The first of its kind in the history of the country’s public health amenities, the centres are going to offer a whole range of reproductive health services including family planning commodities – pills, injections, morning after pill, and condoms; voluntary counseling and testing of HIV, screening of breast and cervical cancers, and post-rape care services, among others.
In just under three years, the government has distributed one million female condoms, free of charge. Between February 2006 and January 2007, a half million female condoms were distributed, translating to 41,000 condoms a month.
College and high school female students are now turning to a drug meant for treating gastric ulcers to induce abortions, but doctors warn that they are in for dire consequences for abusing it.
Scared about the aftermath of going to a quack on the back-street, the women have turned to the drug as the cheap and best option in procuring abortion. Our survey in various city chemists found out that increasing numbers of young women are demanding for the drug, which is given only on prescription.
However, gender and sexuality are matters of development because they affect both men and women in a more fundamental way.
DESPITE the growing confidence among advocates against female genital mutilation (FGM) that the practice was fast declining, the reality in some parts of Kajiado district indicates the contrary. To the dismay of anti FGM activists, this ancient practice is flourishing.