NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 27 – Poor women in Kisumu have their first sexual intercourse earlier than in other major towns according to a new survey conducted in Nairobi, Machakos, Kisumu, Kakamega and Mombasa.
The Kenya Urban Reproductive Health Baseline Survey revealed that three out of four girls engaged in intercourse at the age of 17 in Kisumu town.
Kisumu also showed a considerable amount of early child bearing between ages 15 and 19, thus having the highest number of teenage pregnancies.
“The data from the survey suggests a particular urgency for family planning programming in Kisumu,” said Nyanza provincial community strategy coordinator Ibrahim Shiwalo.
The study also shows that men in Kisumu generally marry later than those in other towns, but they end up getting more children than men from the towns surveyed.
The survey was carried out to establish the demand and supply interventions that could facilitate more access to family planning services for urban populations.
The Kenya Urban Reproductive Health Initiative also known as ‘Tupange’ further released the results of the family planning service delivery point and the Urban Reproductive Health Supply Chain Surveys.
According to the survey, only 22.1 percent of men in Kisumu had knowledge about women’s fertile days, while men in Mombasa had the least knowledge at 13.5 percent.
Women in Kisumu on the other hand had the least knowledge of their fertile period compared to other cities.
“From this data it is clear that the basic knowledge of reproductive health remains low in all towns,” said Tupange Project Director Nelson Keyonzo.