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Type Report
Title Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Situation: Insights from the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL http://www.popcouncil.org/uploads/pdfs/2016STEPUP_AdolSRH-KenyaDHS.pdf
Abstract
Studies have documented poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes among adolescents ages 10 to
19 in many developing countries. These poor outcomes are likely to be exacerbated in contexts such as subSaharan
Africa, where the prevalence of teenage pregnancies are high, health care systems are weak, and even
profound disparities in health outcomes exist in settings with relatively good health care services, such as urban
areas. Addressing adolescent sexual and reproductive health needs therefore remains a priority for many
governments in developing countries. The 2015 Kenya National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
Policy, for instance, recognizes the importance of addressing adolescent sexual and reproductive health needs
for achieving the country’s development goals. Although estimates from the 2014 Kenya Demographic and
Health Survey show the country registered improvements in key reproductive, maternal and child health
outcomes, adolescent outcomes likely remain poor given the challenges associated with adequately addressing
their sexual and reproductive health needs. This report presents findings of further analysis of the 2014 Kenya
Demographic and Health Survey on key sexual and reproductive health outcomes among adolescent girls and
boys 15 to 19 years old in Kenya. Understanding the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of adolescents is,
in turn, important for identifying areas or sub-groups that need attention, and for the design of appropriate
interventions.

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