UKaid finds a growing interest in Child Spacing in Kenya

Child Spacing in Kenya
Nuria with some of the girls she educates. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

Today, on World Population Day, a Kenya Family Planning satellite event is taking place at Nairobi’s Intercontinental Hotel. The Department for International Development (DFID) and the UK High Commission are key partners of the initiative.

While Kenya one of the countries on track to meet Family Planning 2020 targets, huge regional disparities continue. Family Planning 2020 is a global partnership working to reach 120 million more women & girls with access to voluntary family planning information, services & supplies by 2020.

Following mobilisation efforts funded by UKaid in communities like Wajir, there has been a growing interest in child spacing.

“Child spacing” is a term that is often used as part of family planning. It means figuring out when you want to have your first baby, and then knowing how long you should wait to have your next.

While there appears to be an increasing demand for modern Family Planning methods, the availability of products remains low.

Nuria, a female religious scholar, who has been on the frontline in advocating for child spacing thinks that “a great change is coming.”

She educates the girls through an Islamic lens making the subject easily relatable.

Previously, she has mobilised women and girls on topics such as FGM and HIV/AIDS.

“Previously,” she says “it was a taboo to talk openly about child spacing but now it is increasingly possible to discuss this.”