Adolescents comprise 24% of Kenya’s population. About 1 out of every 4 Kenyans is an adolescent. This large adolescent population has implications on the country’s health and development agenda as it is likely to place increasing demands on provision of services.
According to the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, about 1 in every 5 adolescent girls aged 15-19 years is already a mother or is pregnant with her first child. It is the implementation of the National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy that is going to turn the tide by providing comprehensive age-appropriate information and services on sexual and reproductive health to young people all over the country.
Adolescents especially those in low and middle income areas in Kenya, face barriers to their health and well-being, including lack of access to
- unintended pregnancy,
- unsafe abortion,
- Sexual coercion, and discrimination based on gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
It is evident that young people are grappling with major challenges that need to be addressed urgently.
When young people are given the information and tools they need to protect themselves, they can and do take charge of their sexual health. Studies have repeatedly found that young people who receive comprehensive sex education programs put that knowledge to use and delay sex or use contraception.
The Segal project is funding improving access to and utilization of quality SRHR information and services to adolescents and young women in Ugenya Sub –County. The Segal Family Foundation is funding Matibabu Foundation in a partnership whose activities are centered around 2 secondary schools(Lifunga Girls & Ndenga) and Matibabu Foundation College of Health Sciences &Ugenya TTC; as well as Matibabu Foundation Hospital(especially the Youth Friendly Center).