Make condoms affordable, accessible: AHF Country Director
Samuel Kinyanjui, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Country Director has asked the government and relevant stakeholders to make condoms affordable and accessible for all.
Kinyanjui was speaking at a series of AFH events organised in Nairobi, Thika, Kisii and Kilifi as part of its condom use advocacy campaign among the youth.
The country director noted that a person living with HIV costs the Kenyan government and stakeholders between KES 20,000 to KES 32,000 every year, yet if they were to invest on condoms they would invest KES 1,000 to KES 1,200 every year.
“We know there are people who can afford very expensive condoms and there are people who cannot afford condoms; condoms availability is very important,” Samuel Kinyanjui, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Country Director.
“We need to look at policies that will make market friendly available at an affordable price, anything less that KES 100 is a socially marketed condom,” added Kinyanjui.
In the past few months, health lobby groups have raised concern over Kenya’s inadequancy to supply its citizens with condoms. According to the societies, the country needs 455 million condoms annually, but the government is able to provide only 1.6 million per month.