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(PHOTOS) Condoms shortage hits Kenya

MoH advises Kenyans to visit various health facilities to be informed on other available family planning methods.

In Summary

• Most establishments that used to stock the commodities including public health facilities no longer have free condoms in their dispensers.

• Despite the shortage, pharmacists have confirmed that condom prices have not changed. A pack of condoms retails between Sh50 to Sh300.

A man holds pack of condoms in Nairobi CBD on 24, November 2021. Pharmacists have confirmed that the condom prices have not changed despite the acute shortage being experienced. A pack of condoms retail between Ksh50-300. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO
A man holds pack of condoms in Nairobi CBD on 24, November 2021. Pharmacists have confirmed that the condom prices have not changed despite the acute shortage being experienced. A pack of condoms retail between Ksh50-300. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO

The Ministry of Health on Monday said it is committed to ensuring the condoms shortage in the country is addressed as soon as possible.

This is after it emerged that there was an acute condoms shortage with data showing that the country needs 455 million condoms annually against the 1.6million provided by the government per month.

A display of unboxed condoms in Nairobi CBD on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO
A display of unboxed condoms in Nairobi CBD on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO

But despite the shortage, pharmacists have confirmed that condom prices have not changed. A pack of condoms retails between Sh50 to Sh300.

Most establishments that used to stock the commodities including public health facilities no longer have free condoms in their dispensers.

A customer points at a specific brand of condoms in Nairobi CBD on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO
A customer points at a specific brand of condoms in Nairobi CBD on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO

Data from the Global Fund and the United Nations Population Fund shows that close to 20 million condoms were distributed in the country last year.

“Together with our partners we have secured resources and we should be able to give further information when to expect these deliveries into the country,” Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said.

A pharmacist picks a pack of condoms for a customer in Nairobi CBD on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO
A pharmacist picks a pack of condoms for a customer in Nairobi CBD on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO

The shortage has been blamed on the high taxes levied on the commodities by the government despite them being donations, with some donors being forced to redirect their consignments to other countries.

Someone holds a pack of condom at River road Nairobi on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO
Someone holds a pack of condom at River road Nairobi on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO

The ministry has however advised Kenyans to visit the various health facilities and be informed on other available family planning methods, saying female condoms are in surplus.

Condom wraps seen in Nairobi CBD on 24, November 2021. The government recently confirmed that there is an acute condoms shortage. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO
Condom wraps seen in Nairobi CBD on 24, November 2021. The government recently confirmed that there is an acute condoms shortage. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO
A condom wrap dropped on the street on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO
A condom wrap dropped on the street on November 24, 2021. PHOTO/MERCY MUMO