REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Kenya celebrated for attaining Family Planning targets

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PHOTO | WILLIAM OKOYO | MINISTRY OF HEALTH.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – Kenya has received global recognition for being the only country to attain and surpass her global targets in Family Planning.

The award dubbed the EXCELL award was handed over to Kenya at the International Conference on Family Planning in Bali, earlier this year, after the country exceeded global expectations.

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu made the announcement on Friday morning at a ceremony where he handed over the prestigious award to the Acting Director of Medical Services Dr. Jackson Kioko.

“I am thrilled by the great things that continue to happen in the health sector amidst many challenges that we still have to deal with,” noted the CS.

“One of these great moments is the country’s family planning EXCELL award that we just received.”

Kenya continues to expand the access of contraceptive options to women and girls. The current fertility rate in the country stands at 3.9 children per woman, which translates to less than four children per woman.

“The government recognizes that when it invests in a woman, she will multiply that investment by extending benefits to the world around her,” held Dr. Mailu.