Achieving EQUITY for the Poor in Kenya: Understanding the Level of Inequalities and Barriers to Family Planning Services
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While trends vary by country, one point is clear: Countries that have achieved high levels of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) service use have done so by reducing inequalities in service access. Given the sometimes large gaps in service use between the poorest and wealthiest populations, strategies to reach the poor can help countries expand overall FP/RH service access—ultimately leading to slower population growth, less burden on strained social services and natural resources, and improved maternal and child health. Reducing inequalities in service use could have far-reaching implications beyond improved reproductive health by helping families to create a path out of poverty and enhance quality of life.
To design effective FP/RH policies and strategies for reaching the poor in Kenya, it is essential to understand their needs and challenges. In response, the USAID | Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1, carried out various analyses (including market segmentation, focus groups, and policy and financing reviews) to quantify the level of inequality in FP/RH service access, identify the barriers the poor face in seeking services, and explore where services areneeded most. The complete findings will be published in a forthcoming report. This brief presents the preliminary findings to inform policy dialogue and discussion.
|Document Type:||Policy Briefs|
|No. of Pages:||8|
|Keywords:||Poverty & Equity, FP/RH, Unmet Need, Strategic Planning|