Close to 500,000 adolescents aged 10-19 years presented with pregnancy at Health Facilities in Kenya in 2018 and the number is suspected to rise. This is a huge increase from the 378,397 reported in 2017. (SOURCE: Ministry of Health, Kenya).
The top 10 counties that recorded the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in 2018 were: Nairobi (27,635), Bungoma (21,220), Kilifi (17,866), Nakuru (18,583), Kakamega (16,989), Meru (16,048), Kiambu (14,994), Narok (15,251), Siaya (14,992) and Homa Bay (14,717).
Sauti Sasa is a youth-driven initiative by Y-ACT, Youth in Action and other partners that aims to reduce the alarming numbers of teenage pregnancies in the country.
YOUTH POWER HUB
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MEANINGFUL YOUTH ENGAGEMENT
A Guide for Improving Meaningful Youth Engagement (MYE) in Policy-Making in Kenya
Young People under the age of 35 make up 70% of the Kenyan population. However, too often their priorities are not reflected in government priorities, policies, and budgeting processes and outcomes. At a time when the importance of their role and potential for improving policies to meet their need is at its greatest, Kenyan youth have a huge opportunity to shift the country`s policy landscape.
Kenya`s County Governments Act in section 106 (4) obligates counties to provide for citizen participation that shall be done in a process that involves “ meaningful engagement of citizens ” (105(1-d). Thus, formulation, implementation and monitoring of youth policies should be consultative, participatory and transparent. However, youth are often not represented on decision-making or priority-setting bodies and, when they are , their engagement may not actively represent the full set of youth perspective desired.