Students In Nairobi and Mount Kenya Universities To Access Health Services In New O3 Plus Project
Students in Universities and tertiary institutions will now have access to health cover and services to help address wellbeing issues faced by young people in the newly launched O3 Plus project dubbed Our Lives, Our Rights, Our Future.
Through the newly launched initiative, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the University of Nairobi and Mount Kenya University seeks to equip students with knowledge and services to enable them to make informed choices. The O3 Plus project now on its pilot stage in the two universities will focus on reductions in new HIV infections, unintended pregnancy, and gender-based violence. The institutions intend to reach at least 100,000 students.
Prof. Stephen Kiama, Vice-chancellor, University of Nairobi said that the program will help students reach their full potential; “We need young people to take full charge of their lives, freedom in the campus is meant to cultivate critical thinking and innovativeness at large. Issues related to sexual reproductive health rights, drug abuse, mental problems among others can affect the academic lives of students and therefore early intervention is critical,” he said. All 10 campuses of the University of Nairobi will benefit from the 03 Plus project.
According to the Mount Kenya University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Deogratius Jaganyi the O3 Plus initiative will benefit students across all 12 campuses attached to the institution.
The MOU between the three partners will work under three pillars; Institutionalized HTEI commitment to CSE and 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 environments for all students and increased evidence base for CSE/SRHR needs and effective approaches within HTEIs. The O3 Plus project will also target young people in higher and tertiary education institutions in Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to realize positive health, education, and gender equality outcomes.