Condoms run out in Kenya

October 21, 2010

Posted by The KC team

The Alliance hosts a citizen journalism programme called Key Correspondents (KCs).

Writes Key Correspondent, Henry Neondo.

Kenya has a shortage of condoms and there are fears that new HIV infections may temporarily rise.

Kenya Medical Supplies Agency Chief Executive Officer John Munyu yesterday confirmed that although they have received a supply of 20 million condoms, these were not enough to reach all affected parts of the country.

“Prior to arrival of this batch we were very low on condoms and we are yet to go back to our normal levels,” said Dr Munyu.

Munyu said the World Bank had pledged to supply 334 million condoms in instalments. “Until we have all the condoms promised by World Bank, we will still be a bit low on supply, though the situation is improving” he said.

He said the average consumption was about 180 million annually, but the supply had been erratic this year. In the last few months, the condom stocks have continued to dwindle, exposing most-at-risk-populations like female sex workers to the HIV virus.

Munyu said that following the crisis the World Bank stepped in and has since made good its promise with the first batch of condoms arriving this month.

The Kemsa boss said the remainder would arrive in batches to have a smooth process of clearance at the points of entry.

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