UNESCO High-Level Official Visits KMTC

UNESCO high-level official visits KMTC

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Head of Education Sector, Mamadou Lamine Sow, paid a courtesy call on Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) CEO Dr. Kelly Oluoch, on Wednesday, (August 16, 2023).
During the meeting held at the KMTC headquarters, issues including scaling up the O3 Plus project were discussed.
The College has partnered with 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.
Dr. Oluoch took the opportunity to thank UNESCO for implementing the project in the College, noting that it is supporting students to make informed choices and thereby reach their fullest potential.
“We are living in challenging times where issues of pregnancies, gender-based violence, sexually transmitted diseases, and drug abuse remain major concerns among young people. The project is therefore coming in handy to help us with innovative ideas in tackling these issues,” he said.
Mr. Sow visited the country on a fact-finding mission to evaluate the impact of UNESCO-funded projects.
He noted that UNESCO is impressed with the progress of the project, which is currently being implemented in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu Campuses.
“We are looking into scaling it up to other Campuses in the coming months. This will be done through the training of lecturers and digitization of training using the RADA app,” he said.
RADA app is a student-developed mobile health application that helps students access information about sexual and reproductive health, professional counseling and peer counseling services, and a helpline when in an emergency situation.
The O3 Plus Project is founded on four key pillars including 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.