KMTC Partners with UNESCO to Promote Health and wellbeing project for KMTC Students
The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) has partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a project dubbed Our Lives, Our Rights, Our Future (03 Plus) to realize positive health, education, and gender equality outcomes through sustained reductions in new HIV infections, unintended pregnancy, and gender-based violence.
Speaking when she called on the KMTC CEO Dr. Kelly Oluoch, Regional Project Officer, Education for Health and Wellbeing Ms. Daphnee Blanc lauded the College for the passion and willingness to take up the project. “Together, we will ensure that KMTC students reach their fullest potential,” she said. Adding that the project seeks to leverage on innovative strategies that resonate with the young people.
Further, Ms. Blanc reported that the O3 plus project is founded on four key pillars which are institutionalized commitment to Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) as well as Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) through policies and curriculum; Greater uptake by students of improved quality SRHR services and information; Safer, more inclusive, and more supportive campus environment for all students; and increased evidence base for CSE/SRHR needs and effective approaches within institutions of higher learning.
Dr. Oluoch welcomed the partnership noting that it would support the College in creating a learning environment that promotes the health and well-being of students, and provide them with knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. “These efforts will help to create a more positive and supportive learning environment for all students allowing them to pursue their ambitions,” he added reiterating the College’s commitment to supporting the project targets.
The O3 Plus project will be piloted in three KMTC Campuses: Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu with a future possibility of cascaded to other Campuses across the country.
Ms. Blanc was accompanied by UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa O3 Plus Programme coordinator Ms. Jane Kamau and Education for Health and Well-being Project Assistant /Cluster Coordinator Ms. Jacinta Kagai in the meeting that was attended by senior officials from the College.