The Nation (Nairobi)
By Angela Oketch
Kenya is in the grip of an acute shortage of condoms amid rising cases of teenage pregnancy, HIV/Aids among the youth and resurgence of sexually transmitted illnesses.

Most public health facilities, hotels, offices and restaurants that the Nation visited have not had free condoms in their dispensers for the past one year.

Experts have blamed the shortage on heavy taxation of the commodity in a country where free condom programmes are mainly donor-funded.

The country needs 455 million condoms annually, but the government is able to provide only 1.6 million per month.

Last year, about 20 million condoms were distributed to Kenyans for free under a programme funded by the Global Fund and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The last time the government procured condoms was last year, exposing vulnerable groups such as teenagers, who cannot afford to buy the commodity, to the risk of unwanted pregnancies, HIV/Aids and STIs.

This time around they have confirmed that supply is very limited and there is a lot that is going on in the government itself that it is crippled in terms of meeting the demand

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