How Men Can Break the Cycle of Poverty in Kenya

One hospital is asking husbands to play a bigger role in family planning.
Nov 20, 2014·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Many people in the rural area of Migori County, Kenya, have never heard of contraception. With little knowledge of reproductive care, young couples often have more children than they are able to care for. Conditions in this remote area are extremely difficult—the lack of jobs and unfarmable land forces men to work in illegal and dangerous gold mines.

TakePart World producer Alex Stapleton visits the county's district hospital, where men are encouraged to be a part of the family planning process in hopes of breaking the cycle of extreme poverty. By involving men in the process, hospital workers educate couples about birth control and encourage smaller families with fewer mouths to feed. The hospital also offers free male circumcision to help prevent the spread of HIV.

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