Stanbic Bank, KMET distributes sanitary pads to two Kisumu schools

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Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) in partnership with Stanbic Bank commemorated Menstrual Hygiene Management Day by distributing reusable sanitary pads to 250 girls.

The beneficiaries were from Magadi primary and Magadi Mixed Secondary schools in Manyatta slum, Kisumu County.

Stanbic Bank Marketing Manager, David Wasamba pledged continued partnership to ensure girl child education is promoted.

“The basic kit for any girl is a sanitary pad, many girls from slums are not able for afford Sanitary pads and that the reason we have partnered with KMET to bring a sustainable product for the girls," he said, Friday.

Speaking during the event held at Magadi primary school, KMET CEO, Monica Oguttu lamented that many girls opt for materials such as pieces of mattresses, soil, cow dung or cotton wools during their monthly cycles, due to harsh economic conditions, leaving them with infections.

“To help keep the girls in school, KMET came up with comfort reusable sanitary pads that lasts for one year," she said.

Kisumu East Sub-county Reproductive Health coordinator, Elizabeth Onyango while speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health, applauded the efforts made by the partners to help keep girls in school.

During the event, experts from KMET and Ministry of Health took the girls through basic menstrual hygiene education and how to use the distributed comfort reusable pads.

KMET recruits new facilities into Huduma Poa franchise!

CTU 001 01KMET under Health Communication and Marketing program held a six-day comprehensive training on Contraceptive Technology Update and Implanon NXT roll out. The training that brought together the providers from the newly recruited private facilities into Huduma Poa franchise had an aim of equipping the new providers with knowledge and apt skills on family planning services to ensure they deliver quality family planning and services to the underserved women in the community.
The training covered various topics, which included; anatomy and physiology of reproductive system, broad discussions on family planning methods and the partipants interacted and had a feel of different family planning methods. The training also touched on menstrual cycle, WHO eligibity criteria, documentation and record keeping for monitoring and evaluation. In addition, the providers were trained on infection prevention and family planning counseling to ensure the clients understand the methods before he/she makes a decision of which method to adopt.
The training had a two-day practicum session, which took place in two facilities in the rural areas of Kisii County. The participants were required to perform at least two insertions of both IUCD and Implants, perform a cervical cialis sans ordonnance cancer screening and removals before being commissioned for the task that lies ahead.
The training took place at Dan’s hotel in Kisii County while the practicum sessions were practiced at Kenyenya and Magina health dispensaries both in rural Kisii County. The providers trained were drawn from Kisii, Nyamira, Migori, Homa Bay, Kericho, Bomet and Siaya counties.
A similar training have been done for providers from the newly recruited facilities from Western Kenya.

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.