MEMO- MOMBASA CONSULTATIVE MEETING
From: Mombasa County Community Leaders and Stakeholders on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Mombasa County Assembly,
Mombasa County Assembly Buildings, Treasury Square, P.O. Box 80438 – 80100
Title: Memorandum on Emerging Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues in Mombasa County
We, the Mombasa County Community Leaders and Stakeholders on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights made up of Members of County Assembly Health Committee, Mombasa County Government, Civil Society groups, community leaders, individuals and allies working on health issues in Kenya, note with appreciation the County Government of Mombasa’s ambition and commitment to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being of the people of Mombasa. Health, being a fundamental human right and a key indicator of sustainable development, has been guaranteed in Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya (2010), which provides that every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to health care services and reproductive health care.
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) pandemic has directly or indirectly affected the advancements in almost all sectors globally, including the health sector. The prevailing pandemic brings about unprecedented challenges that threaten a decline in the developmental and health gains made globally. This includes advances made in the arena of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), where progress was never easy to begin with. If anything, the current public health crisis signals a predicament for girls and women on their SRHR. The advent of the pandemic has had its fair share of negative impacts on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) service provision in Kenya in general, and in Mombasa in particular. Many women and girls are not able to access the necessary SRH services during the crisis, such as emergency contraception and safe abortion in a timely manner. The health supply of family planning products at healthcare and community facilities are often inadequate and unaffordable.
We, therefore, appreciate the opportunity to contribute so that together as members of the community we can highlight the dynamics of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the county, and identify and address gaps, challenges and areas of improvement in healthcare delivery and promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Mombasa.