The African Institute for Policy Development (AFIDEP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with support from various government and non-government organisations are co-convening a policy dialogue on teenage pregnancy and youth sexual and reproductive health in Kenya on 16 May 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The objective of the policy dialogue is to bring together various stakeholders from government, academia, think tanks, civil society, and the media, to deliberate on the challenge of teen pregnancies and come up with actions and policy recommendations aimed at mitigating teen pregnancy.
Specific objectives are:
It will be a moderated dialogue that will run for two hours beginning with: a keynote address to highlight evidence and key issues related to on the teenage pregnancy in Kenya. This will be followed by a panel discussion to interrogate and flesh out the issues around the stated objectives and closed off by an open dialogue to discuss and propose policy and programme actions for addressing the teenage pregnancy menace and broader sexual and reproductive health challenges that adolescents and youth face in the country.
Conversations on teenage pregnancy and the broader youth sexual and reproductive health call for a multi-perspective approach, which is why the team of panellists is drawn from different sectors. They include Kigen Korir, Programme Officer, Adolescent and Youth, UNFPA Kenya; Imali Ngusale, International Advocacy Officer at Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW); Dr. Nelly Bosire, Consultant Gynaecologist, and Pastor Flavia Murugi, Departmental Pastor under Ministry Identification and Leadership Development, Parklands Baptist Church.
The outcome of the dialogue will also inform ongoing deliberations by an Inter-Ministerial Task Force. This Task Force was formed to develop constructive and practical solutions to address the teenage pregnancy and the broader sexual and reproductive health challenges that adolescents and youth face in the country.