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Talking about female condoms in Kenya

Machichi is a young Kenyan woman. Passionate about health and development issues in the community she aims to give a voice to the voiceless communities who cannot speak for themselves in issues of HIV/AIDS, malaria and women empowerment.


In Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, Machichi visits a support group for grandmothers who are caregivers to orphans of HIV and AIDS.

After the meeting she talks with these women about what they know about female condoms. Some know them, and some don't. For a long time the female condom has been a preserve of the elite in Nairobi whereas rural women, who are more vulnerable, have no knowledge on female condoms.

Machichi writes a touching story about her meeting with these women. She ends with a statement that female condoms ought to be made cheaper and available in every village shop, kiosk, pharmacy and store for all women to access the protection.


read Machichi's story


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Instructions on the use of the female condom

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Imagine a device that can be worn by a woman during sex...

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Why female condoms should be accessible for all


Acceptance levels vary from 41 to 95 per cent


Increased uptake and more consistent and continued contraceptive use


We need an increase in variety of female condoms