Successful Approaches and Community Voices from Garba Tulla, Kenya
Since 2014, through a grant by the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project, World Vision Kenya has led the Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies (HTSP) project in Garba Tulla in northern Kenya, home to about 50,000 people.
The project works with the Ministry of Health to improve maternal and child health by increasing access to and use of voluntary family planning (FP) in five predominantly Muslim, pastoralist communities. In Garba Tulla, people have traditionally valued large families and held negative perceptions of FP, but this is slowly changing. Challenges to accessing FP include long distances to facilities, poor roads, and unreliable mobile networks, exacerbated by frequent drought, food shortages, and political insecurity.