Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki Speaking at the Deliver for Good campaign event today Nairobi, KENYA, November 28, 2018













The Ministry of Health has put in place a national adolescent sexual and reproductive health policy that aims to enhance Sexual reproductive rights status of adolescents in Kenya and contribute towards realization of their full potential in national development.

Speaking at the Deliver for Good campaign event today Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki said addressing the unmet need for modern contraception has many social benefits, including the ability to time and space births, reduce early childbearing, reduce unintended pregnancies, and decrease unsafe abortions, all of which contribute to improved maternal health and child.

She noted that gender equality by 2030 requires urgent action to eliminate the many root causes of discrimination that still curtail women’s rights in private and public spheres.

“Comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information, education, and care, and modern contraception, are not only integral to recognizing the right to good health for all people and essential for achieving gender equality, they are also a smart financial investment,”she stressed.

She highlighted the Kenya Free Maternal Healthcare Services dubbed Linda Mama and health subsidies for elderly and disabled persons to enhance financial empowerment of women who are the primary caregivers to the family.

“I am very pleased to see Kenya nominated among the pathfinder countries for Deliver for Good alongside, India and Senegal, more so that Kenya is the first country for this national level campaign led by FIDA Kenya and a network of partners,” she noted.

The Deliver for Good campaign applies a gender lens to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promotes critical investments in girls and women to power progress for all.

The Campaign highlights the ripple effects of investing in girls and women for decision makers to understand the central role that gender equality plays across all global development efforts.

Half of the campaigns twelve investment areas for girls and women, fall under the health docket namely; Improved maternal and new born health and nutrition; Meet the Demand for Modern Contraception and Reproductive Health; Respect, Protect and Fulfill Sexual Health and Rights; Ensure health for all; and Indirectly- Dramatically Reduce Gender- Based Violence and Harmful Practices.