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Not so long ago, most people had large families: five children, on average. Where once there was one global fertility rate, today there are many, with differences wider than at any point in human history.

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Kenya experiences cyclic natural disasters and emergencies attributed to natural and man-made triggers.  Natural disasters have included epidemics, droughts, floods, landslides, and human and animal disease outbreaks, among others.  

To prevent and mitigate disastrous effects when emergencies and disaster occurs in future, UNFPA collaborated with the Government of Kenya, UN agencies, NGOs and other actors in the humanitarian sector and undertaken a Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) Readiness Assessment based on 38 indicators...

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Findings of the GoK/UNFPA 8th Country Programme Evaluation (2014-2018) report principally provides the basis for evidence-informed decision making to guide the formulation of the 9th country programme.

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Our efforts have significantly contributed to the upholding of our principle of “Leaving No One Behind” and contributing to the expansion of possibilities for women and young people in Kenya to lead healthy and productive lives.”

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Our world is increasingly unequal. But this inequality is not only about money. It’s also about power, rights and opportunities. And it has many dimensions that feed on each other. One dimension of inequality that has received too little attention is in the enjoyment or denial of reproductive rights and the effects of that on half of humanity. This is the focus of the UNFPA flagship report, The State of World Population 2017 - Worlds Apart - is a clarion call for putting power in the hands of women to control their reproductive choices and their futures. With that power in women’s hands, Worlds Apart no longer holds. With that power, instead of separation and inequality, fairness prevails--and a more equitable world for women and girls is the reward. 

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Kenya is part of the global UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which is being implemented in 17 countries where the rite is practised. In Kenya, partners are working in 12 countiesto implement an integrated and holistic campaign towards ending FGM. Informed by a social norms perspective, the programme interventions are focusing on policy and legal environment, service provision and galvanising social dynamics through community approaches. 

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A main objective of UNFPA Kenya’s 8th Country Programme is to support national and county institutions to strengthen capacity to provide comprehensive and integrated maternal and newborn health and HIV prevention services.

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The overall outcome of the UN Joint Programme on RMNCAH is that, by 2020, ten counties with high maternal mortality burden (Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, Lamu, Migori, plus four additional counties to be selected) will enjoy increased utilization of integrated, quality reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, HIV, and gender-based violence (GBV) services, to contribute to the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality in Kenya.

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Parliamentarians from the Pan-African Parliament Women’s Caucus and UNFPE organized a two day meeting Johannesburg to discuss how to accelerate action to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa.

Around 80 women representing parliaments from across the continent discussed the challenges faced by women and girls as a result of FGM and child marriage, and shared their experiences.

Read the full report and the action that was drafted jointly by the Pan-African Parliament, UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) and UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) in Johannesburg, South Africa from 29-30 July.

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In many ways, a 10-year-old girl’s life trajectory will be the true test of whether the 2030. Agenda is a success—or failure. With support from family, community and nation, and the full realization of her rights, a 10-year-old girl can thrive and help bring about the future we all want. What the world will look like in 15 years will depend on our doing everything in our power to ignite the potential of a 10-year-old girl today. 

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