While the UK was co-hosting a London summit on family planning, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UNFPA, in Nairobi the Ministry of Health organised a satellite event this morning.
One of the speakers at today’s event at Nairobi’s Intercontinental Hotel, was Pete Vowles, the Head of International Development at the British High Commission, who noted the importance of taking action on family planning to tackle poverty.
“If we don’t take action, adolescent girls (married and unmarried) are vulnerable to unintended pregnancy, girls won’t finish school and are more likely to have children themselves and the cycle of poverty will keep repeating.” – Pete Vowles
Over the past 7 years, the UK has invested Ksh 7.6 Billion to help increase the choice, quality and accessibility of Family Planning services in Kenya for over 480,000 women.
Pete described family planning investment as a ‘best buy’ noting that “the success of family planning programmes that reach teenagers and other vulnerable populations may be a deciding factor between poverty and prosperity.”
Other speakers at today’s event included Resident Representative UNFPA Kenya Dr Ademola Olajide, Ministry of Health’s David Soti and Dr Kilonzo Nduku Head of National Aids Control Council.