EC Status and Availability

Kenya

EC ever use among women of reproductive age: 1.7% (DHS 2008-09)

EC knowledge among women of reproductive age: 40.2% (DHS 2008-09)

Contraceptive Use: 53.6% (DHS 2008-09, ever use of a modern method among women of reproductive age)

Registered LNG-EC products:

  • ECee2 - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Emcon - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Levo-72 - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Levogest - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Optinor - Available only from family planning clinics (applies to Optinor in most countries)
  • P2 - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Postinor-2* - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Revoke 72* - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Smart Lady (Pregnon) - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Truston-2 - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)

Products marked with * have been approved by a stringent regulatory authority, such as the WHO Prequalification Programme, the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, or other.

Where at least one type of ECP is available: Public sector clinics, Private clinics, Pharmacies, IPPF-affiliated system, Social marketing programs (eg PSI, DKT, MSI and PSIA), Community health distribution

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: No

Legal/regulatory documents in which EC is included: National FP Norms, Essential Medicines List, Post-rape care guidelines

Pricing information: A small survey of several pharmacies in Nairobi found prices between KSh 100 and Ksh 200, equivalent to $1.15 – 2.30 (July 2013).

Other relevant information: EC distributed via IPPF outlets (<500 in 2012).

In Kenya, the lowest cadre of health workers allowed to sell/dispense ECPs in the public and private sectors is nurses. (USAID/DELIVER, Contraceptive Security Indicators, 2013)

In 2013, EC was procured by the government. Stock-outs were reported at the central level (JSI/Deliver data).

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