Focus groups and interviews conducted by Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) in Nairobi City County, Narok County, and Embu County in 2017-18 revealed that despite strong policies dedicated to expanding youth-friendly contraceptive services in Kenya, these services are not readily available. Youth leaders from IYAFP worked together with PRB to design a fact sheet and video asking Members of the County Assembly in Nairobi to increase budget allocation and planning for youth-friendly service provision. They also created a policy brief aimed at increasing youth engagement in decisions related to youth-friendly services in Narok County.
The products share key data and policy commitments related to youths’ reproductive health. In addition, the Nairobi video highlights barriers that youth face in accessing youth-friendly contraceptive services and information, and the accompanying fact sheet presents select research findings that reveal a gap between policy commitments and implementation. The Narok policy brief identifies a unique opportunity to engage young people in decisionmaking to help ensure that sexual and reproductive health programs and policies are as effective as possible.