DSPA’s procurement of contraceptives contributes to saving lives in Kenya
Research suggests that 43 per cent of pregnancies in Kenya are unplanned. This is in part due to the number of women in Kenya not receiving reproductive health support. In 2012, Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers survey reported that mothers in Kenya had a 1-in-38 lifetime risk of maternal death.
Having access to reproductive health services enables families to plan when to have children and helps to reduce maternal deaths. The Delivering Increased Family Planning Across Rural Kenya programme, which began in 2012, aims to expand the use of family planning in Kenya, especially for young and rural women.
Funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) with aid from the British people, the programme also seeks to reduce maternal deaths and contribute to the country’s development goals. By the time it finishes in 2017, the programme will have supplied family planning support capable of protecting two million couples each year.
Ensuring a straightforward procurement
In June 2016, DFID asked DPSA to procure 128,000 Jadelle and 197,500 Implanon NXT contraceptive implant kits. DPSA ensured that WHO-approved sources were used for each product; Bayer Germany in the case of Jadelle and MSD Netherlands for Implanon NXT. The kits were manufactured to order, with packaging and labeling to meet the client’s requirements.
DPSA delivered the kits to a DFID-approved warehouse ahead of the December 2016 deadline, for onward distribution by Population Services International (Kenya).
“Clear communication between all parties helped us to understand the scope of needs and deliver everything within the set delivery timelines,” says Nick Streets, DPSA’s Head of Delivery.