Postpartum Opportunities

Catching new moms right after birth with postpartum family planning services (PPFP) proved successful in Kenya, and could be a valuable tool in the global fight against poverty.

Kenya, which embraced PPFP, managed to increase its contraceptive prevalence rate from 46% to 58% in 5 years, and decrease maternal deaths from 448 per 100,000 live births to 360.

By maximizing one of the few contacts many women and girls have with health care, integrating PPFP into maternal and newborn health services translates into gains in food security, economic empowerment and poverty reduction, according to Angeline Mutunga and Catherine Njeri Ndungu of the Jhpiego Kenya Office.

UN Foundation

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