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What Unmarried Kiambu Women Are Doing That Has Raised Concern

Unmarried women in Kiambu, Kenya, account for 30 percent of the population, making it difficult to manage population growth through family planning.

Performance and Monitoring for Action (PMA) conducted a survey and found that many women are incapable or afraid of seeking out family planning services because of their wish to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

Despite the fact that 26% of the county's youth are sexually active, this is not the case.

Family planning instruction from pharmacies and private clinics is preferred by those who take contraceptives because of their privacy, friendliness, and avoidance of long waits at public facilities.

The data acquired from 867 families between November and December 2021 further demonstrated a rise in the use of a larger contraceptive method mix among all women, with implants accounting for 27% of the total method mix.

About 80% of the country's wealthy and educated women employ traditional family planning methods, namely periodic abstinence and withdrawal from sexual activity, according to the findings of the research.

According to Nyambura Thiong'o, a spokesman of Kenya's Population Management Authority (PMA), traditional family planning methods are safer and have less negative effects than modern methods like pills, injections, condoms, sterilization procedures for both men and women and implants.

To her credit, she noted the county's progress in increasing the use of contraceptives, noting that this would aid in the county's population control and resource management.

Health Director Hilary Kagwa warned youth to avoid using modern contraceptives, saying that some of the emergency techniques can lead to delayed pregnancies and the spread of other diseases, such as HIV.

He pledged that the county would endeavor to disseminate knowledge about effective family planning options and instill in them a sense of the need of abstinence in young people.

Data released today will be unpacked, and we will focus on the most important areas of improvement. According to Kagwa, the survey will be useful for both planning and raising awareness.

Kenya's Ministry of Health, the International Centre for Reproductive Health Kenya (ICRHK), the Kenya National Council for Population, Development, and the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) helped compile and analyze the data.


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