Kilifi, KENYA: Kenya Muslim Youth Development program has partnered with the Kilifi County government department of health service in preparing a five-year family planning strategic plan.
The program is aimed at setting up measures and systems of encouraging family planning among women in the rural areas and the entire county.
This is in a bid to curb the poverty levels in the area that is in some way contributed to by the increasing population growth.
Speaking during the launch of the program exercise on Friday set to commence in month of November 2016, Fadhil Msuri, the organization Chief Executive Officer said the program intends to re-position reproductive health and family planning as a health intervention.
“This program aims at introducing that concept of Birth spacing saves lives, as by so doing it will reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality and morbidity by using our own developed family planning toolkit from an Islamic perspective and through our community based interventions,” said Msuri.
“We will seek to enhance religious consensus on accepted family planning services and then promote access of Muslims to family planning,” he added.
He said the program intends also to engage the Muslim leadership especially religious scholars on the frontline in promoting the concept of child spacing.
According to Kilifi county coordinator of Reproductive health, Esther Muema, 59% of adolescent young mothers do not have access to family planning compared to 23%.
“The biggest challenge we have is that many young mothers do not access family planning hence increasing the rate of child birth,” Muema said.
“The other challenge we have is the religious hindrance to family planning such as the Muslim but we hope that this program will bring another perception,” she added.
The same program is also ongoing in Nakuru County which is scheduled to be launched on 9th December 2016 and the one for Kilifi scheduled to launching in early February 2016
The population of Kilifi is estimated to more than 1.3 million.