June 2nd of each year, is worldwide celebrated as International Sex Workers Day. It honours sex workers and recognises their often exploited working conditions.

Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020), an innovative tech solution is making it easy for African countries to access important data on family planning and reproductive health every six months.The mobile technology which is implemented in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa; Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Niger and Uganda, provides information useful for reporting, planning, operational decisions and advocacy at the community, country and global levels.

Women at a family planning forum in Kangemi, Nairobi. The PMA2020 app gathers continuous and accurate information on family planning so at to promote universal access to reproductive health services. Each morning, Christine Muthoni visits selected households in Nairobi County, knocking on doors and collecting vital reproductive health information.She then feeds the data onto an app at each household before moving on to the next.Previously, enumerators like her would undertake the task with paper questionnaires that they would peruse page after page to capture all relevant details.

During the last week of the project, the DIFFER Project organised a two-days symposium in Brussels. The six consortium partners gathered with policy stake-holders and sex workers from South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya and India, the four countries where the project was implemented, and with representatives and experts from international agencies, such as WHO, UNAIDS and USAID.

Today the Gender-Based Violence Recovery Centre (GBVRC), Mombasa Kenya, a centre for victims of gender-based violence, received the label of the UNESCO Chair Sexual Health & Human Rights. During a press conference in Paris the centre was honoured for promoting sexual health en human rights in challenging contexts.

On 8 November 2016, Professor dr. Marleen Temmerman received the EDCTP Award for Outstanding Female Scientist 2016 In Zambia.

In January 2014, Beyond Zero Foundation was formed to partner with the government in reducing maternal and child mortality. Spearheaded by The First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the Beyond Zero Campaign is part of the initiatives outlined in her strategic framework towards HIV control, promotion of maternal, new born and child health in Kenya.

Mary Kiambi

Key family planning indicators brief for Kenya Round 3....