KMET together with Ovaat One Village At A Time provides gravity lights to the needy pupils

Pupils from Nina primary school in Siaya County together with the community had a reason to smile after receiving lamps that will help curb learning challenges in the households.

KMET noted that lack of proper lighting in homes leads to poor performance among students in schools. Students use outdated light sources such as candles which can’t sustain them for long. Some go the whole night without attending to their homework and even studies.

KMET identified a number of class eight pupils who are less privileged and a teacher to receive the lamps known as Gravity light, courtesy of Susan Rose of Ovaat One One Village at a Time program. One village at a time is an NGO which aims at nurturing hope, restoring health by connecting resources to create a self-sustaining community.

Even though the gravity lights are given to the students, Beatrice Akinyi from KMET confirmed that the rest of the students will use them on reaching class eight after the beneficiaries will have handed them back over to the school administration.

The twenty-five from Nina village in Alego sub-county were issued with the Gravity lamps after a training on how it functions. Collins Kwach from Gravity Light Kenya gave a thorough training of how the lamp works and its components. He later put to task the beneficiaries to operate the light which is powered by force of gravity.

Parents, teachers and students thanked the organizers for the support they received.

KMET meets record officers and county health stakeholders over validity of Reproductive Health data.

KMET team, SCHRIOs, Service Providers, and RH coordinators from Siaya and Migori County held their Closing the Gap annual review meeting on Reproductive Health at Ikonia hotel in Kisumu, with the goal of increasing awareness, access to, and use of quality family planning and Post-abortion Care (PAC) more so the Long Acting Reversible contraceptives (LARC)

The objectives of the meeting were to strengthen capacity of facilities to deliver PAC and Family Planning services, deliver quality facility-based family planning and PAC information and services to women and young people of reproduction, increase the capacity of community health workers and youth peer providers to provide information on and referrals to facilities for PAC and Family Planning services and also to advocate for increased access to family planning and Post-Abortion Care services at the community level.

During the meeting, one of the key issues that emerged were that of data discrepancies between dhis2 data and KMET data which prompted the participants into discussion on the possible gaps resulting into variance of this data and it was realized that MOH reporting and KMET reporting are done on different dates with different people, there is confusion in the current MOH tool for IUCD and implants, some service providers also carry forward data from the previous month to the next month in case they have served more clients and hit the target whereas in the MOH, that carried forward data is captured in the previous month and also, providers are not empowered to have viewer rights to countercheck and consult with the SCHRIOs in case of discrepancies.

In response to the discrepancies, action points were developed in that, a team to be constituted for DQA consisting of RH coordinators, KMETs M&E officer, sub county HRIOs and program coordinator who will work jointly to conduct DQA for both Migori and Siaya county. Monthly review meetings are also to be conducted on the quality of data, providers to be given viewer rights for dhis2 to countercheck with source records and incase of any discrepancies to alert the SCHRIOs to update accordingly and also, commodities given out should go directly to facilities and a delivery note given to sub county pharmacist.

KMET conducted an in-reach programme on family planning at Machwele Dispensary.

KMET team conducting an in-reach program at Machwele friend dispensary Bungoma county, aimed at educating women on the use of family planning and enlightening them more on the different types of FP methods with their merits and demerits.

Women turned out in large numbers, as old as 52years old and as young as 15 years old, 90% of them being lactating mothers of children under the age of 2years, with 80% coming for family planning services like removal and insertions of implants. Among others were cervical and breast cancer screening and HIV/AIDS testing and counselling.

The program ended successfully, KMET team managing to pull out its target with clients leaving the place happy and satisfied.

Community health volunteers training under kmet's huduma poa social franchise

KMET under huduma poa social franchise program held a three-day orientation workshop to train community health volunteers drawn from Western, Nyanza and of Rift-valley regions on family planning and community health strategies. The comprehensive three-day meeting was meant to ensure their improvement on reporting and documentation of health cases to support data management, and to discuss communication and community mobilization strategies to increase access to Family Planning and comprehensive health care in the community.

KMET Chief Executive Officer, Monica Oguttu applauded the CHVs in their exceptional work in helping curb challenges faced in households though provision of FP services. Through group discussions, the participants were able to share their experiences in handling cases of family planning in households. They were also able to establish obstacles in family planning services, with the main barrier being myths and misconceptions.

The workshop that provided the CHVs with essential tools of trade that included; counselling bags, referral books, daily registers and counselling books at the end of the orientation, was wrapped up by moments of joy as the participants were awarded certificate of completion.