Reproductive Health: KMET Reaches Out to Kisumu Youth through Beauty Peagant

August 22nd 2014:

Some 250 youth in Kisumu were treated to entertainment galore and reproductive health information and services during a fashion show audition sponsored by KMET.

The fashion audition held at Alliance Francoise Cultural centre was a preliminary process to a bigger beauty pageant dubbed  set to take place on September 6th at Agakhan Hall Poolside. successful models for kfw

The September event is expected to reach out to about 700 youth according to Kisumu Fashion Week (KFW) Director Enock Ndede.

Kisumu Fashion Week has been in existence for three years and attracts a huge following of youth in the region who are interested in launching a career in modelling and in the entertainment industry.

KMET through its reproductive health demand creation team known as youth peer providers (YPPS) and medical team provided services on breast cancer examination, cervical cancer screening and information as well as long term contraceptives.YAWA dancers entertain at the Kisumu Fashion Week Auditions where over 50 youth were counselled and tested on HIV/AIDS; 35 screened for cervical cancer and 10 received LTMs

Laser Arts theatre group also performed an entertaining skit highlighting the dilemma that befalls married couples, young men and women due to unplanned pregnancies in relation to unsafe abortion and limited contraceptive information.

Speaking after the event Enock appreciated the role that KMET and other partners played saying it was the most attended audition ever since Kisumu Fashion week was launched.

Check Dala57 blog for additional reporting and photos.

Video: KMET Reproductive Health Coordinator addresses fans of KFW

KMET & Partners Bring on board community health workers in the fight against TB in Nyanza.




Kisumu Sub County TB and Leprosy Coordinator Beatrice Okwaro taking the class on the importance of proper nutrition for TB clients.



Latest statistics show that Kenya has a large TB burden ranked at 15 out of 22 countries in the world that contribute to 80% TB cases with 3million of such cases going undetected.
It is due to such alarming statistics that KMET and Population Service Kenya in collaboration with the Ministry of Health have opted to scale up services offered in the franchised clinics (Huduma Poa and Tunza) in Nyanza with an aim of intensifying TB care detection, diagnosis, treatment and follow up.
KMET Health Communication and Marketing coordinator Amos Onderi said community health workers (CHWs) have been included in the fight against TB since they are expected to play a critical role in TB control ranging from active TB care search, referrals to defaulter tracing at community level.
Amos added that this programme also brings in private facilities in TB case management and diagnosis given that private facilities attend to about 60% of clients.
In the first training for 87 CHWs from Nyanza at Royal City hotel in Kisumu, Siaya County TB and Leprosy Coordinator Mary Wambura said the CHWs will promote early TB diagnosis and therefore boost the cure rates.
KMET CEO Monica Oguttu expressed her confidence that TB mortality rates in Nyanza will reduce since the CHWs are going to be TB change agents in the community and encourage people to go for screening.
She urged the CHWs to always consult with the providers and together walk with the community to prevent late diagnosis in what she dabbed “Operation Linda Community.

KMET Huduma Poa conducts IMCI training to bolster efforts in managing child illnesses

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Child mortality rates within western Kenya and North Rift regions has been pointed out as reason enough for providers to implement Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, IMCI, within their facilities.
KMET Deputy CEO Sam Owoko called on providers to embrace IMCI since it’s a conceptual approach which offers simple and effective methods to comprehensively prevent and help manage the leading causes of illness and mortality in children below five years.
Sam also said that KMET is ready to partner with and provide loans to the private health facilities which have funding problems that reduce their capacity to offer quality healthcare to clients.
He further outlined the benefits the health facilities would accrue such as accreditation and quality standards through Safe Care.
“You can start from level 1 all the way to level 5 which is the highest and gives a facility international status,” he said.
Amos Onderi programs coordinator Health Communication and Marketing underlined the need to implement IMCI because that’s the main reason for training the providers.
The training brought together providers from Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, and Nandi among other counties from around Western Kenya.
The providers were able to learn several aspects of child disease. From the signs and symptoms which present themselves.
The providers were involved in practicum sessions at the Mbale Rural Health Centre and Vihiga District hospital where they attended to inpatient and outpatient.
The facilitators, Charles Ngwalla, Kisumu county clinical officer, George Nyawalo, county clinical officer Siaya, Azenath Aluoch, county clinical officer, Homa Bay County were instrumental in aiding the training session. With vast experience in child diseases they were crucial as they imparted knowledge to the providers.

Huduma Poa HIV testing and counseling training.

Participants taking DBS samples during the post testKMET last week conducted an HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) training for providers whose facilities are within the Huduma Poa franchise.
The main aim was to train participants who were drawn from 12 different counties on how to use and interpret results on the new HIV test kits before the current ones are completely faced out.
A number of cases have been reported of clients being given inconsistent results with regard to their HIV status a situation which has prompted the government to opt for new test kits which are time crucial and easier to interpret results.
Caren Omiya a lab technician, who was also a facilitator, said the new test kits are expected to reduce erroneous results given to clients hence improve on efficiency of testing services.
The peak of the training was during the practicum session at Kisumu District Hospital and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital where one of the participants managed to counsel and test a street boy who after knowing his status decided to go back home.
Kisumu District Medical laboratory technologist, Samuel Onjoro, who was also a facilitator, stressed on the need for providers to practice ethics in counseling and testing clients for good results to be realized.
  Health Communication and Marketing Coordinator Amos Onderi urged providers to implement the lessons learnt during training to offer quality services.
Amos also informed the providers that the current HIV test kits are still in use until the new ones are supplied to facilities hence clients should not be turned away because of lack of new test kits.
In her remarks during the closure of training, KMET Executive Director, Monica Oguttu stressed to providers to record and manage data on HIV properly since data is the only indicator of progress.
She also called on the providers to improve on HIV counseling and testing services in antenatal clinics due to the low outcomes as indicated in such clinics.
Monica finally challenged the providers to go back, train others in the facilities and deliver quality services.