shortage of condoms in Kenya

Kenya: shortage of condoms due to high taxes

Kenya’s health authorities have urged people to use other alternatives as the country experiences a shortage of condoms, local media report.

Restaurants, hospitals and public facilities have not had free condoms in their toilets as has been in the past.

The shortage has been attributed to high taxes imposed on the commodity even though they are usually donor funded.

Earlier this year, a tax dispute between the government and donors who import anti-HIV drugs led to a shortage of the commodity, BBC News reports.

Kenya needs 455 million condoms annually while the government only provides 1.6 million per month.

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