Kenya Launches Reproductive Health Website
Getting the right information at the right time to the people who need it is a big challenge in many countries. A good website with carefully selected materials is one way to ensure policymakers, practitioners, and researchers have access to relevant knowledge and timely information.
Kenya’s Division of Reproductive Health has officially launched its new website (www.drh.go.ke), designed to be a one-stop shop for up-to-date information on reproductive health.
Dr. Isaak Bashir, head of the Division of Reproductive Health, said the website would play an important role in informing health professionals and policymakers on reproductive health issues.
Funded by USAID, the website was developed collaboratively by FHI 360 and Kenya’s Ministries of Health with funding from USAID. Designed and customized to run on the K4Health Toolkits platform, the revamped website contains a rich collection of resources, including national reproductive health policies, strategies, and service delivery guidelines.
The website has a searchable database of research articles on Kenyan reproductive health research from 2000 to present. The website also serves as a portal to the K4Health Toolkits, which are expertly selected and cover diverse areas of reproductive health programming..
Several national guidelines and strategy documents which were released at the same time with the website have already been uploaded. They include the first national guidelines on reproductive tract cancers and a cervical cancer strategic plan. Other resources include a Long Acting and Permanent Methods (LAPM) training plan, LAPM training manual, family planning cards, family planning standards, Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) standards, and a sexuality curriculum. New publications will be uploaded onto the website as soon as they are released. The launch in Nairobi on March 7, 2012, was attended by representatives of USAID/Kenya, government ministries, and partner organizations including the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Pathfinder International, Jhpiego, PSI and Population Council.
FHI 360 collaborated with the Division of Reproductive Health to revamp the website as part of a broader role as a partner in the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project.