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Some 80 percent of Kenyans own a mobile phone, government data shows.
“A lot of these children are now getting access to mobile phones and technology,” said Siddharth Chatterjee, UNFPA’s representative in Kenya.
Never.” Sex education and family planning are critical in delaying motherhood, reducing HIV rates and deaths from unsafe abortions, UNFPA says.
Some 29,000 young people aged between 15 and 24 are infected with HIV annually in Kenya, government data shows.
“That’s really when they can make the choice in their lives.” Kenya pledged to improve access to sexual education and family planning services at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, but has had difficulty implementing new policies due to conservative opposition.
A bill to teach sex education and provide access to contraceptives in schools was introduced into Kenya’s upper house of parliament in 2014, provoking a national outcry.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Nailab, a Kenyan firm that supports technology startups, are behind the latest initiative, which targets entrepreneurs for their ideas on providing sex education through technology and social media. AM campaign launched this month, have until August to submit their ideas before four winners are chosen to receive training, mentorship and funding to develop their ideas further.