The government through the National Council for Population and Development is in the process of carrying out a National survey on Male Involvement in Family Planning and Reproductive Health. The Survey aims to inform policy and program interventions in the Country, which continues to be faced by the challenge of low male involvement in family planning and reproductive health.
Male involvement in FP and RH is crucial in the attainment of Millennium Development Goals 3, 4 and 5. Men are the decision-makers in the homes and their involvement in the health care of their expectant wives/partners, they will appreciate the effort required during pregnancy and child birth and even child upbringing and thereby support their women in decision making on family planning and RH matters. This survey will provide basic evidence for the design of strategies that will promote men’s participation in family planning and reproductive health in Kenya.
This survey responds to one of the challenges that the Sessional Paper No. 3 of 2012 on Population Policy for National Development has identified as key to the uptake of family planning services and fertility management.
The survey objectives are :
- Assess community members knowledge, attitudes and beliefs, and practices on FP and RH issues
- Identify contextual factors influencing male involvement in FP/RH issues
- Propose strategies to enhance male involvement in FP & RH
- Assess the policy and programme responses to male involvement in FP/RH
The survey will collect information from all the 47 counties using qualitative methodology. 13 teams spread across the country and commenced data collection on 24th March 2014. The survey is expected to take approximately two months.
The results from this survey will guide policy and programme implementation and contribute to the achievement of the government vision of managing Population for quality life of all Kenyans.
Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae
Director General , NCPD