9:00 am to 10:00 am
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Mission Hall amfAR Conference Room, MH-3700
550 16th Street, San Francisco CA 94158
Generating Political Priority for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Kenya: Problem Definition, Priority Setting Processes and Contraception
Adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remains a confounding public policy topic in Africa that can only be understood in its particular historical and social cultural context. Maricianah’s dissertation first uses the public arenas theory to explore how the problem of adolescent SRH has been defined. Subsequently, using a focused ethnographic approach, she explores the challenges to generating political prioritization for adolescent SRH in Kenya. Lastly, given the centrality of contraception in SRH, she compares pregnancy incidence among a large cohort of women using Depo-Medroxy-Progesterone-Acetate, Levonorgestrel implant and Intrauterine Copper device from four African countries: Eswatini, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia.