In the last three years, I have been able to conduct budget analysis for family planning in 8 counties in Kenya as well as do evidence based family planning budget advocacy in 4 of the counties. I have been successful in incorporation of a budget-line for Reproductive health/Family planning in Nakuru, Nyandarua and Laikipia counties. I have, together with partners, supported the Nakuru county government come up with its Family planning costed implementation plan 2017-2022 which will secure resources for family planning in Nakuru.
The Increasing use of emergency pills and procurement of abortion by Kenyan college fraternity has been an issue in my mind since my days as a student leader in University. The number of girls coming over to ask for assist at the student office as well as the general conversation in campus on who and who have gotten pregnant was of great concern to me. When most came for information from our office, I felt there was a huge gap in young people reproductive health arena that needed intervention
I have led the DSW Kenya team in conducting family planning budget analysis and this information when disseminated to the counties has led to great changes. West Pokot county have created an FP budget-line, Nakuru has put 36 million into RH and Kilifi now has a proposed budget-line of FP funds in the 2016/17 financial year.
I have successfully trained FP youth champions in 8 counties who now have FP networks that push for investments in family planning for development.
Making family planning cool for the youth is critical so that we have safe spaces for young people to acquire information and also have open dialogue with health workers on Family planning. I would use the resources to support 4 youth champions in Laikipia to ensure that they advocate to the county as well as have peer learning on Family planning. I would spend half of it to build a youth friendly center to ensure youth have a safe space offering them services and information.