The Female Health Company will be featured in the documentary television series “Big Questions” episode “Empowering Kenya” to air February 19, 2016 on PBS, The program will focus on the critical roles the Company and its FC2 Female Condoms play in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, the leading cause of death globally for women ages 15- 44, and other sexually transmitted infections, and will include interviews with key members of Kenya’s Ministry of Health, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and the Muthaa Community Development Foundation, as well as O.B. Parrish, CEO of FHC and other current and former FHC executives: Mary Ann Leeper, Karen King and Denise Van Dijk.
“We are extremely pleased that “Big Questions” and PBS are bringing much needed attention and awareness to the health epidemic that is occurring in Kenya,” Parrish stated. “While Kenya serves as a case study for the documentary, the issues raised in the film affect many countries around the world. In fact, more than 215 million women globally still do not have access to contraceptives and women contract more than half of all new HIV infections.”
FHC has been dedicated to improving the health and well being of women around the world for more than 20-years. FC2 helps protect against unintended pregnancies, an ongoing major health and economic issue worldwide, with adolescents accounting for a disproportionate percentage of the overall burden of disease (disability adjusted life years) associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
More recently, they have engaged in working closely with leading health organizations throughout the world, especially North America and South America, regarding the Zika virus. Their goal is to provide information and options to effectively protect women from sexually transmitted infections.
“The emergence of the Zika virus subsequent to the production of the documentary has dramatically increased the need for access to female condoms,” continued Parrish, who stressed the fact that FC2 female condoms are the only available female-controlled method of protection from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, and unplanned pregnancy, approved by the FDA as well as clearance from the World Health Organization.
“The female condom brings empowerment and choice to women, as well as the ability to better negotiate safer sex and take charge of their own protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).”
The CDC estimates that there are as many as 19 million new cases of STIs in the US each year, with approximately 24,000 women who lose the ability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term due to undiagnosed or untreated STIs annually.
“Empowering Kenya” will air on WTTW/PBS in Chicago at 10:30 PM CT Readers outside the area need to check their local listings for other dates and times. In the meantime, the episode will also be available to view online after the broadcast.