Plans To Engage Men In Reproductive Health, Family Planning Kicks Off In Busia

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By Reuben Olita

Marie Stopes Kenya (MSK) in collaboration with the County Government of Busia has resolved to engage men in matters related to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) with emphasis on Family Planning (FP) services.

MSK Regional Marketing Coordinator- Nyanza Region, Debrah Adhiambo said the participation of men in matters FP has been a crisis, emphasizing that women need to be supported by their partners.

“We need men to be involved in Family Planning to do away with the aspect of women hiding when going for the services in various health facilities,” she said.

The official added that men should know they are part of the process which is not a woman affair only.

Ms Adhiambo added that, “Going forward we want to focus on male engagement through targeted outreaches and also have forums with Boda Boda riders and opinion leaders as well as introduce a program with teenagers to reduce aspects of teen pregnancy.”

She made the remarks at Hotel Itoya in Busia town during a consultative meeting attended by the County Health Management Team (CHMT) members led by the Director Public Health, Dr Melsah Lutomia to discuss issues of SRH especially among adolescents and involvement of men in matters FP.

Lutomia said matters of adolescents SRH are key for the County of Busia which is keen on empowering women and enhancing female education.

“It touches on matters early pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, infections and HIV/AIDs among the age group. It opens avenues on how girls and boys can be protected to have an opportunity to enhance their education to completion,” she said.

She further thanked the partners for the immense support, stressing the need for the challenges raised especially on issues of data quality and commodities to be looked into fully to achieve the targets.

Busia County Reproductive Health Coordinator, Alice Yaite said adolescents are accessing family planning services, urging parents to shun the myths and misconceptions.

Also in attendance were County Coordinator Expanded Programme on Immunization, Juliet Adagala, County Health Records and Information Manager James Kuya, County Chief Nurse, Tito Kwena and County Community Health Services Coordinator, Emmanuel Luvai among others.

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