November 6, 2013
This article was reported by the International Business Times UK.
The International Business Times recently reported that a "severe" condom shortage could occur in Kenya in January, due to lack of funding for the government's free condom distribution program. The program, an important component of the nation's HIV prevention campaign, has depended entirely on donor support for the last two years. The Kenyan government distributes approximately 180 million free condoms annually.
Although Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia stated that government authorities in Nairobi were working with other agencies to avert the impending shortage, he urged Kenya's government to earmark funds for the free condom distribution program in future budgets. Martin Sirengo, chief of the National AIDS and STI Control Program, voiced the opinion that the government had diverted funding to other projects, leaving no support for the condom distribution program. Kenya averted a similar condom shortage in 2011 by appealing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief for assistance.