BT partners drafts Resource Mobilization Strategy

For continued existence, financial self-reliance, and sustainability of the community-based organizations under Brain Trust consortium, exploring new avenues for financial support is very important. These organizations must not depend only on the external funding support, as it might be inconsistent, temporary and based on the priorities of funding agencies/ donors rather than on the real need at the grassroots.
In order to devise an innovative strategy for resource mobilization, KMET held a two day spirited training on resource mobilization and budgeting for the Brain Trust (BT) partners.
The partners were trained on proposal writing, identifying prospective funders and project budgeting. The workshop also explored and review the 2015-2018 BT resource mobilization strategy, refine the strategy and at the end of the training the partners drafted a two year targeted resource mobilization strategy and KMET would grant financial assistance for kick-start.
 The meeting took place at Siaya town hotel and brought together all the BT partners from Siaya, Migori and Kisumu Counties.



Sexual Gender based violence remains the most common form of violated human right in our communities today even though most cases go unheard. In order to clear, the ambiguity of issues related to gender based violence and to address the root causes, KMET is engaging communities from the ground level.  
We held a sensitization workshop in Siaya County with Boda Boda transport operators from six cub-counties together with representatives from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in sessions on SGBV, child rights protection and the reporting protocol of sexual and gender violence.

Boda Boda operators have often been accused of taking advantage of teenage girls and young women by offering their transport services or money in exchange for sexual favors and engaging in other forms of sexual violence.  They however believe that they can change this negative perception by being champions against SGBV in the community in collaboration with KMET and other partners in Siaya County.

The participants discussed men and women’s sexual and reproductive rights and the importance of seeking health services in case of sexual violence. Timely access of health services helps in reducing physical and emotional trauma that survivors would otherwise suffer silently throughout their lives if not treated.

"My office will ensure there is a gender desk and a dedicated hotline at the Siaya County Referral Hospital by the end of this year," said Dr. Eunice Fwaya who is the Deputy Director for Curative Services in Siaya County.

She made this commitment after being challenged by the steps made by other county referral hospitals in management of sexual and gender based violence, for instance, Kisumu’s Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, which has a fully-fledged gender-based violence recovery wing.

The team recognized the strategic and important role that boda boda operators play in disseminating information to the community through their clients and had the operators came up with a work plan to coordinate advocacy activities for gender equality and male involvement in child rights and SGBV issues.



KMET introduces two programs in Kisumu County

KMET together with other members of the western srhr alliance held a briefing meeting with County Health Management Team, Kisumu County at Kisumu County Hospital Hall. The meeting which was attended by both Sub County and county health team had a purpose of introducing a new program dubbed GUSO to the CHMT.
GUSO is a program targeting the young people on sexual reproductive and health rights and information. The meeting elaborated to the CMHT, the role and area of coverage of each member of the consortium in the program.
Speaking on behalf of the county team and the CMHT, Dr. Rosemary Obara RH coordinator gave a go head for implementation of Guso. She further stated that the program has come at the right time for the adolescent and young people of Kisumu County.
In addition, KMET in partnership with Pharm Access introduced a health financing program called M-tiba at the same event. M-tiba is a wallet for saving for health care service payment that target vulnerable, underserved and low income communities in Kenya. KMET would roll out the program in four counties.guso ksm 01


We were delighted to have been part of the medical outreach at Dominion Chapel Kisumu. Women Pray International (WPMI) in collaboration with KMET, FACES, LVCT and the Kisumu County Ministry of Health were the organizers of the medical camp. The services offered focuses on both adult and Children. The partners took different roles in ensuring that all was successful. Some of the services offered were cervical cancer screening, HTS, family planning and general health education.
Massive number of patients turned out for the services taking into consideration  the doctor’s strike hindering majority of people from accessing quality health care hence the event was timely enough. Some of the clients who were not able be examine were referred to KMET gynecology clinic for further investigation.
We were also able to use the platform to create M-tiba awareness a new mobile phone service that allows one to save money specifically for healthcare purpose. The M-tiba and the KMET burners created a wide visibility.
The data from the event indicates only a few vulnerable women turned out for Cancer screening as majority went for other services, these still calls for awareness creation. We have an opportunity to examine cancer control strategies to identify winning formulas that will accelerate progress, we all have to ensure fewer people develop cancer and more people are successfully treated.