Research and data are essential for evidence-based advocacy and policy-making. However, existing sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR) data in Kenya may be outdated or highly technical, hindering effective utilization by policymakers and other stakeholders. Health care facilities also lack capacity to collect SRHR related data at service points.
Therefore, there is an urgent need to enhance data collection and management from reproductive health centers in both rural and urban areas in Kenya, increase research to gather up to data and evidence on SRHR issues faced in the country, interpretation of research evidence into a suitable form for public consumption and their effective dissemination for prioritization by policy makers.
At RHNK, we recognize that scaling up effective quality health programs and innovations necessitates proper understanding of the barriers inhibiting uptake and implementation in order to reach the most vulnerable populations. This requires a collaborative approach in conducting research to customize existing health programs and innovations to meet health demands of the country and to generate evidence to advocate for policies that ensures a conducive environment for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights. RHNK participates in forums to disseminate its programmatic evidence and best practices, and hosts an Annual Scientific Conference on Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR) that brings together the adolescents and youth, donors, development partners, Ministry of Health and state and non-state actors in the SRHR space across the region to share insights and strategies for prioritizing AYSRHR.