Teenagers access to reproductive health products enhanced


Kisumu Deputy Governor Ochieng’ Owili (left) urged civil society to prioritise persons living with disabilities (PWDs). [Collins Oduor, Standard]

Young people in Kisumu will now have enhanced access to sexual and reproductive health products, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the country and civil society organisations yesterday.

The pact will see young people access quality and friendly health services.

Kisumu Deputy Governor Ochieng’ Owili who signed the MoU on behalf of the devolved unit urged the civil society under 'Right Here Right Now' to prioritise persons living with disabilities (PWDs).

This, he noted, will ensure PWDs are included in all advocacy activities and programmes aimed at enhancing access to health information and services.

“I am delighted to sign a new MoU with a strategic partner who will help us ensure PWDs in Kisumu are accorded full rights and privileges,” said Owili.

"The MoU we are signing governs the broad area of collaboration for the mutual benefit in the provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights education and advocacy in Kisumu."

Launched in 2021, the Right Here Right Now II coalition seeks to empower young people to make informed decisions about their sexuality and claim their right to health information and services.

The coalition will work with ministries of Education and Health and communities to boost delivery and evaluation of sexuality education and information in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu counties.

Kisumu County Attorney Idris Omondi said the partnership would improve the health of young people in the county.

Centre for the Study of Adolescence Executive Director Albert Obuyyi said the RHRN II programme will target young people aged 10-24. 

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