Mombasa is among the counties in Kenya with the highest prevalence of teenage pregnancy with over 17% of girls between 15-19 years having begun childbearing. The high rate of teenage pregnancies illustrates the unmet need for access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services, particularly access to comprehensive sexuality education and contraceptives.
To address these challenges, Dream Achievers Youth Organization (DAYO) with support from Hivos through the Regional SRHR Fund undertook a youth advocacy project aimed at improving access to SRHR information and services for youth in Mombabsa, Kenya. The project was informed by the devolution of health services in Kenya to the county governments, which provides opportunities for county level advocacy for implementation of youth-friendly SRHR services.
DAYO’s work, and their project highlighted in this case study, are both grounded in the link the organization has made between improving youth SRHR services and reducing teenage pregnancies through advocacy.