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Mercy at ICFP

3 lessons for Kenya from the International Conference on Family Planning

By: Mercy Owuor; Deputy Program Director, Lwala Community Alliance, Kenya. The Lwala Community Alliance is a Kenyan civil society organization delivering services through community development programs focusing on health, education and economic empowerment,  to 20,000 people in Migori County. The Lwala Community Hospital provides primary care, maternity and reproductive health services, and HIV treatment. Mercy directly oversees community programs in healthcare, education, and economic development, and her greatest success on the ground has been creating community demand for maternal and reproductive health services. She holds a Masters degree in Community Health and Development from Great Lakes University and a BA in Sociology. She has just returned from presenting at the International Conference on Family Planning and these are her lessons for Kenya:  1. Where there is political will, there is a way to “Full Access and Full Choice” 1 in 4 women in Kenya wants to avoid pregnancy, but either lacks access to modern contraception or is fearful to access available methods. Many of these women are youth, between 14-24 years of age. Even though the Constitution expressly states …