We have received more news from our partner, Mount Kenya Trust.
“Supplies of family planning commodities are getting harder to source as the year continues. Ministry of Health hospitals have dwindling supplies and almost all short-term contraceptives are impossible to find. We are working hard with partners and the government to deal with the shortages.
During the month a total of 1,659 women received different family planning services. Of these women, 966 chose long-term methods, 693 chose short-term methods. A total of 21,930 male and 350 female condoms were distributed door-to-door by the mobilisers and during the clinics.
Since her own shamba [Swahili word for a small plot used for growing subsistence crops and fruit-bearing trees, often including the dwelling of the farmer] is small, Njeri and her husband have to work on other people’s farms, mainly picking tea to supplement their income. Njeri is a 38 years old mother of three and comes from Embu, a village near Mount Kenya forest. Njeri has been married for ten years.
With no education, Njeri was married early and had her first two children in a span of three years. She admits that with the meager income they were getting from farming, raising her kids was a struggle and at times she would receive help from family and well-wishers. With hard times ahead, she then fell pregnant with her third born. Njeri started using the pill after her first two children. ‘My friends told me they use the pill so I did the same’, says Njeri.
Njeri says that she would at times skip the pill for months because she did not have enough money to buy the them or travel to her nearest clinics 15 kilometres away. She was amongst one of the first women offered a long-term method in 2014. She had a 3-year plan inserted. She has no aspirations of having another child and a few months before the method expires, she plans to have a 5-year (Jadelle) plan inserted this year.
‘I want to thank all the organisers and donors of the program for what they are doing to the community. As a beneficiary of the program, I have greatly benefited and I believed many other women would say the same’.”