Kujipanga Bulletin – Improving Access to Family Planning Services in Kenya, January 2022 – Issue 7 – Kenya

The DESIP learning conference held in September 2021 provided a platform to share learnings from the program, which outlined the need for partnership with county and national government, to reach a wide range of donors, partners (existing and potential) and other stakeholders seeking to implement similar programs and a call to action for continuous learning.

The conference attracted health stakeholders, especially those implementing SRHR programs i.e. Ministry of Health, researchers, development partners, policy makers, donors, among others. The conference package included keynotes, presentations, preformed panels and other interactive online question and answer sessions.
Presentations were made under the following sub-themes:

Sub-theme 1: Ensuring greater availability of Family Planning products.
Learning area 1.1: How does the link between community distributors and health facilities influence the uptake of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)?
Learning Area 1.2: Community Health Volunteer manyatta model demand creation initiative to promote family planning uptake in North Samburu sub-county, Samburu County.
Learning area 1.3: Adopting a structured mentorship in-service training approach to increase the provision and coverage of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) services by health care workers in the Narok county.
Sub-theme 2: Creating greater demand for family planning commodities.
Learning area 2.1: Does capacity building in social inclusion positively influence the attitudes and behavior of health providers towards the provision of services to people with disabilities?
Learning area 2.2: Does modifying the community dialogue model based on socio-demographic audience segmentation improve effective referral to SRH services for girls under 19 in Narok and Homa County Bay?
Learning area 2.3: Does religious leaders’ clarification of the scriptural basis for birth spacing improve clients’ use of family planning services in Isiolo, Migori, and Homa Bay counties?
Sub-theme 3: Strengthening public and private sector commitment for sustainable ownership of family planning services.
Learning area 3.1: Lessons learned from policy-based learning lab approaches to strengthening family planning county health systems.
Learning area 3.2: How does investing in policy frameworks help sustain gains made in investing in family planning?
Sub-theme 4: Strategic information on family planning activities Learning area 4.1: The role of client exit surveys in the implementation of family planning activities: case of FCDO funded by the DESIP program in Kenya.
Learning area 4.2: Sustaining equity in family planning during a pandemic;
COVID-19 adaptations of the DESIP program.

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