Baltimore-based health organization to improve contraceptive use in Kenya

A Johns Hopkins-affiliated international health organization received a $22.9 million grant today from the Gates Foundation to educate and increase contraceptive use in Kenya's slums. Jhpiego, a nonprofit that has worked for 35 years to improve public health for women and families around the globe, will use the grand money to expand its work with urban poor and reproductive health.

With Kenya's slums struggling with staggering rates of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, the goal if the project, called the Gates Kenya Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, is to increase contraceptive use by 20 percent.

Rates of contraception use are poor in Kenya's slums, even when public health clinics are within walking distance, Jhpiego reports. Lack of trust of public health workers and the high cost of health services keep many people away. Some 39 percent of poor urban Kenyans  are not using contraceptives, according to Jhpiego. 

Read more about Jhpiego's work and how it's linked schools in Baltimore with those in Africa to improve health.

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