Communities across the world commemorated World Contraception Day on Wednesday. The day is celebrated annually on September 26th.
Launched in 2007, WCD’s mission is: “to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health “.
The day presents a chance for organizations to highlight ways to reach the more than 214 million women worldwide without access to reliable family planning options. This year though, Devex reports that the emphasis among many advocates has been on the importance of starting with the girls and women they target.
Here in Kenya, different Health- based organizations and hospitals marked the special day by offering free family planning services. In Mogotio, Baringo county Dandelion Africa a Non- governmental Organisation that promotes health and economy of women living in marginalized areas extended their services by visiting women and girls in the rural setups in a bid to share the information and help them make amicable decision.
The NGO via its Youth Peer Providers took the opportunity to distribute condoms to youths in the area and educating them on the need to take hold of their sexual healthcare.
Notably, the most affected persons when it comes to knowledge and use of contraceptives are women in the remote areas due to lack of access to these services. It is prudent to cater for this marginalized group of persons by supplying them with the right information.
“Family planning is a powerful tool to combat poverty and reduction of maternal mortality rate.”
Consequently, the World Health Organisation in its statement called upon the healthcare providers and ensure that access to quality contraceptive is treated as a human right.
“Designing and delivering contraceptive information and services as a human right would help individuals receive health care that meet their needs” WHO said.
Examples of contraceptives include condoms, everyday pills, implants and intra uterine device (IUD) commonly known as the coil.