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Support to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

It is estimated that up to a million Kenyans fall into poverty or remain poor every year due to lack of appropriate and affordable health services. Significant improvements are needed in all aspects of health care provision and sexual and reproductive health and rights is a particularly neglected area. Limited access to sexual and reproductive health services has resulted in very high maternal mortality rates in Kenya, while AIDS related illnesses are now the major cause of death among young people, both male and female. This disturbing indicator is attributed to stigma, discrimination, and limited access to simple and reliable information, including family planning methods (contraceptives), which is also leading to an increasing number of teenage pregnancies. Danida is supporting United Nations Population Fund and Gender Violence Recovery Centre, which are both working for improving sexual and reproductive health and rights, thus improving the health and lives of many Kenyans.