Health Policy and Planning Podcast with Linet Okoth
In this episode of the Health Policy and Planning Podcast, LSHTM’s Public Engagement Manager, Karl Byrne is joined by our colleague Linet Okoth from LVCT Health. They talk about her paper “Policy and practices shaping the delivery of health services to pregnant adolescents in informal urban settlements in Kenya.” It’s a fascinating conversation that covers policy makers, community health service providers’ and community members’ perceptions of access to, and delivery of, sexual reproductive health services for pregnant adolescents in one informal urban settlement in Nairobi.
Key factors that support the provision of services to pregnant adolescents include devolved governance, and effective collaboration and partnerships, including with CHVs. However, inadequate financing and medical supplies, human resource shortages and stigmatizing attitudes from health providers and communities, mean that pregnant adolescents from informal urban settlements often miss out on critical services. The provision of quality, youth-friendly reproductive health services for this group requires policies and practice that seek to achieve reproductive justice through centring the needs and realities of pregnant adolescents, acknowledging the complex and intersecting social inequities they face.