There is a reported condom shortage in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and this has become a source of serious concern.
In fact, the situation is making the Founder of the King of Condoms initiative, Stanley Ngara to raise the alarm.
Ngara is concerned that an estimated 20, 000 guests from the world over, would be converging on the capital for two days, and this is expected to lead to a spike in the demand for condoms.
Many of these would be coming under the auspices of the Africa Climate Summit, a global meeting to deliberate on the .
Ngara talked particularly about the lack of free condoms from the government during the Summit, billed for September 4-6, 2023, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, in Nairobi.
Before now, the King of Condoms had sourced 400,000 condoms in partnership with Alfa Medical Manufacturer.
The result of the collaboration would lead to availability of free condoms at selected points within Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD).
Backgrounding the condom shortage concern in an interview with the Nairobi News, Mr Njenga said condom dispensers in public places were empty.
“We don’t have enough free-to-use condoms. The last time I checked, the donors like AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) had reduced their donation or canceled it,” he explained.
Njenga added that this necessitates proving the much needed condoms at subsidise rates for the thousands that would be needing social services.
“High taxes have seen condoms shooting from Sh100 to about Sh200. Young people can’t afford them, more so those who initially used to free condoms.”
The youth, he added remain highly affected, a situation feared to aggravate contracting of sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
He said that the condom shortage was such that the government could ill-provide the item free, resulting in increase in teen pregnancies, including the impregnation of a nine year old girl.
The Eagle report Kenya once in 2021, hosting a school for teen mothers, in the midst of the spike in corona virus cases.