Laikipia County Government has launched a Family Planning Cost Implementation Plan that will run for the next five years at a cost of shillings 1.3billion.
The plan will be the guide for the county for all family planning programming across all sectors and implementing partners.
It details the necessary program activities and cost associated with achieving county goals, providing clear program level information on the resources the county must raise domestically and from Partners.
According to County Executive in Charge of Health Lenai Kamario the plan will ensure one county strategy for Family planning is followed and derived through a consultative process to become a social contract for donors and implementing partners.
Kamario said that it will also define key activities and an implementation road map as well as determine the demographic, health and economic impact.
The CECM noted that the government is is committed to improving access to and the utilization of family planning in a low cost high dividend investment for addressing Laikipia’s maternal mortality ratio and improving the health and welfare of family and the nation as it is an essential component in the county development agenda.
He assured that the county assembly has promised to include some funds in the upcoming budgets to support the program as the county goes out to look for more donors.
Kamario said that in some part of Laikipia, issues of reproductive health are considered a taboo and are not talked about something that the plan is seeking to address.
Evelyn Samba the Country Director for Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) who were partners in developing the plan noted that most County Government have left the financing of Family planning programs to NGO.
Samba said that they will be engaging the health ministries in the 14 counties they are working in to make sure that they enhance access to the services by making commodities for family planning available.
At the same time they will engage the county assemblies as key players in the formulation of laws that can help implement the program
She shunned leaders who have been calling on their kinsmen to increase the number of children for political gains noting that this was misguided since they are not paying attention to the underlying issues that follow big population including cost and need for social services to improve good living standards for their communities and lack of jobs.