Planned Parenthood Federation (PPFA) president Cecile Richards, on Wednesday 7th August paid an introductory visit to Uriri health facility where KMET and PPFA have collaborated in an intervention christened closing the gap.
The two organizations in partnership with the Ministry of health have worked in the Uriri health facility for a period of four months with an aim of strengthening the capacity of health facilities in Migori, Siaya and Kisumu counties to deliver quality comprehensive abortion care (CAC) services and contraceptive methods with focus on long-term contraceptive methods.
Consequently, KMET has trained 73 health providers on provision of CAC and youth friendly services, 40 youth peer providers and 60 Community health workers on demand creation for CAC and contraceptive services.
In addition, the partnership with PPFA has resulted in upgrading of the Uriri health facility with new CAC equipment to enable the youth friendly centres to provide quality services.
Caroline Nyandat, KMET’s project coordinator for Reproductive Health Services, says the intervention has influenced a rise in statistics of women who access long-term contraceptive methods and comprehensive abortion care.
“We are pleased to note that in these few months there has been an increase from an initial 20% to now 40 % of young ladies who utilize various methods of long term contraceptive methods. Also 15 clients having received CAC services within this period means we are on the right track to achieving our objectives,” she noted.
Monica Oguttu, KMET’s executive director who also joined the team in welcoming Cecile encouraged community health workers in Uriri to ensure youth friendly services endure by sensitizing more youth on reproductive health and about the youth friendly centre.
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