The 2007 Reproductive Health Policy in Kenya

In many developed countries, issues regarding women's health may have already been discussed and addressed. This is not always the case in other countries, especially in underdeveloped countries. In some countries, they do not even have proper Reproductive Health Policies to help monitor, evaluate, and properly address reproductive health issues, especially those concerning mothers and children. In some African countries, there is also the topic of HIV to further complicate things. In 2007, the Kenyan government attempted to address these issues by approving and implementing their first Reproductive Health policy. What exactly are the issues covered in the said legislation?

The following are among the main aspects of the 2007 RH Policy:

  • Security of reproductive health commodities
  • Prevention and treatment of transmission of HIV from mother to child
  • Quality emergency care for pregnant women and infants
  • Reproductive health issues of adolescents or minority
  • Violence on women and children
  • Reproductive health needs of people with disabilities
  • Integration of reproductive healthcare and HIV services

Furthermore, the RH policy promotes the following:

  • Strong Community Midwifery Practices
  • Advocating Safe Motherhood for Women
  • Promotes awareness regarding other Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues

The Ministry of Health in Kenya, complimented the authors of the policy and hopes that it would bring more awareness to people regarding certain sexual and reproductive health issues in the country. It was further hoped that it would bring about the:

  • standardisation of services offered by reproductive healthcare providers
  • proper monitoring and evaluation of the quality of service that reproductive healthcare providers give
  • efficient monitoring budgetary appropriations for reproductive health

There may still be room for improvement with regards to the implementation of the 2007 RH Policy with some rumours of contraceptives being unavailable, discrimination against people with HIV, abuse committed by some healthcare workers, gender-based violence, and the low quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare being provided to women, minors, and children in some communities today. Nevertheless, the existence of the 2007 RH Policy has given women and children some hope of support from the government in their fight towards gender equality and better quality healthcare. And along with other organizations such as Development Knowledge Link Africa, achieving all that this policy is aiming for would not seem so unreachable.