Hundreds of Kaluo Village residents turned up to learn about sexual reproductive health during a community forum organized by KMET and Network of Adolescent and Youth of Africa (NAYA) a youth led advocacy organization.
The forum held on Saturday 7th at Kaluo Dispensary attracted a mixed crowd of women and men of reproductive age, the youth and community leaders who also had access to free contraceptive and sexual reproductive health services.
Caroline Nyandant, KMET reproductive health coordinator said most of the women in the region would prefer long term contraceptive methods as a way of controlling birth but majority do not because of myths about contraceptives.
The youth also explored various contraceptive methods available for the sexually active, with majority saying they would settle for intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) if they were to use any contraceptive method.
“Majority of young ladies say they would prefer IUCDs because they are non-hormonal. The uptake is however less popular since not all medical providers can insert the contraceptive,” said Adriano Ngaywa, KMET reproductive health programs officer.
KMET has been working in partnership with the Ministry of health to train more health providers in Western Kenya to be able to offer long term contraceptive services- Kaluo Dispensary is such a beneficiary.
To ensure uptake of contraceptive services is heightened the organization works with youth peer providers who target young members of the society with information on correct and appropriate use of contraceptives as well as effects of unsafe abortion.
Boniface Otiema, a community health extension worker encouraged community health workers for the extensive work they do in the community to complement KMET endeavors which entails educating and referring men and women for health services at Kaluo facility.
Ministry of health officials who accompanied the team also sensitized the community members on the scope of family planning and how failure to embrace contraceptives spill into rising statistics of unsafe abortion in the region.
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