Condom shortage hits Kenya

Kenya is experiencing a shortage of condoms. In view of this, health authorities have urged people to use other alternatives. Restaurants, hospitals and other public facilities have not had free condoms in their toilets for a while.

A government agency, the National Aids and STIs Control Programme has expressed concern over the shortage.

The shortage has been attributed to high taxes imposed on condoms even though they are usually donor funded. Earlier this year, a tax dispute that ensued between the government and donors who import anti-HIV drugs led to a shortage of the commodity.

Kenya needs 455 million condoms annually while the government only provides one point six million per month.

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