The promulgation of the constitution of Kenya on 27thAugust, 2010 was a major milestone towards the improvement of health standards. Citizen’s high expectations are grounded on the fact that the new Constitution states that every citizen has right to life, right to the highest attainable standard of health including reproductive health and emergency treatment, right to be free from hunger and to have food of acceptable quality, right to clean, safe and adequate water and reasonable standards of sanitation and the right to a clean healthy environment. The constitution of Kenya 2010 provides an overarching conducive legal framework for ensuring a more comprehensive and people driven health services, and a rights – based approach to health is adopted, and applied in the country.
Adolescents globally have unique sexual and reproductive health needs and accompanying vulnerabilities. Many adolescents face sexual health risks of early sexual debut, sexually transmitted infections including HIV&AIDS, unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortions. For example, the youth account for 29% of all new HIV infections in Kenya (Kenya Youth Survey Report, 2016). These challenges threaten their health and survival. The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development stressed that adolescent sexual and reproductive health needs are basic human rights. It emphasized the need to offer sexual health services and information to adolescents and to address reproductive health challenges across the lifespan. For adolescents to effectively transit into adulthood, they need to be provided with factual, affordable, accessible, confidential, non-judgmental and friendly sexual health information and services.
The Health Programme of Youth Alive! Kenya seeks to reduce the burden of disease in Kenya by supporting the role of young people and local health systems in the prevention and management of disease and general health development.
Strategic Objective: To improve health and social awareness of young people in Kenya
- Improved care and support of for young people infected by HIV & AIDS
- Increased knowledge on HIV & AIDS prevention mechanism among the young people in Kenya
- Increased access to informant on drug and substance abuse among the young people
- Reduced drug abuse among young people
- Improved access to RH services among the young people