March 28, 2011
High demand, procurement challenges, and bad roads in remote areas have combined to create a condom shortage in Kenya, health authorities said Wednesday as they placed an emergency order for 45 million prophylactics. A January shipment of 19 million condoms lasted six weeks, said Public Health Director Shahnaaz Sharif. The supplemental order, to be filled by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is expected to arrive on April 10. Under a long-term agreement with the UN Population Fund, the government expects a supply of 180 million condoms beginning in May, said Peter Cherutich, the National AIDS Control Program's deputy director.