Blue Ventures started integrating health interventions, addressing a huge unmet need for family planning. We came to understand that we were addressing a health need which is part of a broader ecosystem consisting of conservation, health, livelihood, and other challenges.
In 2022, Knowledge SUCCESS collaborated with 128 Collective (formerly Preston-Werner Ventures) to conduct a rapid stock-taking exercise to document the impact of HoPE-LVB, an integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) project in Kenya and Uganda. During a recent webinar, panelists shared how HoPE-LVB activities continue in the two countries.
This spotlight series will focus on our valued KM champions in East Africa and shed light on their journey to working in FP/RH. In today’s post, we spoke with Mercy Kipng'eny, a program assistant for SHE SOARS project at the Center for Study of Adolescence in Kenya.
Knowledge management was a key component in the creation of Kenya’s FP2030 Commitments.
Though discussions around reproductive health services should be open to all, adolescent boys and girls experience often don’t get to take part in them, with their parents and guardians making most decisions about health on their behalf. Kenya’s health department is implementing various interventions focusing on young people. Through The Challenge Initiative’s (TCI) program, Mombasa County received funding to implement high-impact interventions that address some of the challenges young people experience in accessing contraception and other sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.
In Mombasa County, Kenya the Sisi Kwa Sisi program supports local governments to scale up high-impact best practices in family planning. The innovative peer-to-peer learning strategy uses counterpart coaching and mentoring to impart workplace knowledge and skill.
Pharmacies play a critical role in providing access to reproductive health services in low-resource settings in Kenya. Without this private-sector resource, the country would not be able to meet the needs of its young people. Kenya’s National Family Planning Guidelines for Service Providers allow pharmacists and pharmaceutical technologists to counsel, dispense, and provide condoms, pills, and injectables. This access is critical to the health and well-being of youths and the overall achievement of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals.
Working alongside family planning advocates, Jhpiego Kenya applied the nine-step SMART advocacy approach to engage stakeholders in the creation of a new pharmacist training package. The updated curriculum includes that includes instruction on providing contraceptive injectables DMPA-IM and DMPA-SC.
Le 29 avril, Knowledge SUCCESS & FP2030 a organisé la quatrième et dernière session de la troisième série de conversations de la série Connecting Conversations, Une taille unique ne convient pas à tous : les services de santé reproductive au sein du système de santé élargi doivent répondre aux divers besoins des jeunes. Cette session s'est concentrée sur la façon dont les systèmes de santé peuvent s'adapter pour répondre aux besoins changeants des jeunes à mesure qu'ils grandissent pour s'assurer qu'ils restent pris en charge.
On April 29th, Knowledge SUCCESS & Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) hosted the fourth and final session in the third set of conversations in the Connecting Conversations series, One Size Does Not Fit All: Reproductive Health Services Within the Greater Health System Must Respond to Young People’s Diverse Needs. This session focused on how health systems can adapt to meet the changing needs of young people as they grow to ensure that they remain in care.