By Gatonye Gathura
Kenya plans to spend about Sh30 billion (US$ 305 million) to give citizens an enjoyable and fulfilling sex life.
The money will be spent mainly in safe sex education and contraceptives at Sh 7 billion annually for four years with special emphasis on reaching school children aged 10-19.
The government says its vision, captured in the National Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan, is to create ‘a country where citizens enjoy a fulfilling sex life.’
For adolescents, indicated to start at age 10, the 2017-2020 plan has set aside significant funds for schools to initiate comprehensive sex education and provision of related products and services.
The plan prepared by the Ministry of Health, NGOs and donors will largely be funded by tax payers with the bulk of the money coming from country governments.
However the plan indicates the possibility of having the services covered under the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).
The investment (Sh30.80b) the ministry says will help avert some two million unplanned pregnancies, over one million unplanned births and over half a million unsafe abortions.
Much of the money, 52 per cent, will go into buying contraceptives with injectables taking the bulk of the money followed by implants, pills, and male condoms in that order. The least expense will be on sterilizations and vasectomy and female condoms in that order.
While the consumption of contraceptives is not indicated by age, by counties the top five spenders will be Nairobi, Kiambu, Kakamega, Meru and Nakuru in that order.
On the other hand the least spenders will be Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo and Samburu counties in that order.