World Contraception Day takes place on 26 September with the aim of improving awareness of all contraceptive methods available and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
Various organizations advocating on matters reproductive health services marked the day in special way with activities towards the same.
A Mogotio-based Non-governmental Organization Dandelion Africa marked the day by organizing a health talk with members of the community on Family Planning.
The event took place at the Marigat Hospital in Baringo County.
Speaking during the event, Prisca Chemobo-a Community Health Volunteer with Dandelion Africa called for concerted effort towards awareness of all contraceptive methods available.
She added that it is only through such awareness that young people can make informed decisions when it comes to matters sexual and reproductive health.
“We need more sensitization in the society on matters family planning.Let us also do away with the myths and misconceptions about the whole issue so that we can have a better society” she said.
Sentiments echoed by Dandelion Africa’s Director Ms Aszed Wendo.She challenged men to seriously take up matters sexual reproductive health and contraception.
According to her, gone are the days when such matters were perceived as women agenda only.
“What we should pass to the society is that SRH and family Planning is not only for women and girls but for all in society including men” said Wendo.
It should be noted that since establishment, Dandelion Africa has continued to empower grassroot women both economically and socially.
On matters sexual reproductive Health, a clinic was established in Sarambei, Kenya where community members can come and access services like family planning, cervical cancer screening, immunization, Voluntary Counseling and Testing services of HIV and general treatment.
This clinic is the first sexual reproductive health clinic in the area to address the issue of unmet need for sexual reproductive services in rural areas.
In addition in 2018, the construction of a maternity centre commenced which upon completion and opened in 2019 has helped helped reduce the number of deaths as a result of inefficient home deliveries especially with the assistance of unskilled birth attendance.
The facility has given hope to women in the interior villages that border Nakuru and Baringo counties as they are able to get proper services during birth from the fully equipped Dandelion Maternity Unit.