Andrew's news from KisumuDate Posted: 17 April 2012
The 19th of March was a very exciting day for us all at KOP as it marked the day we started recruiting the team that will be responsible for implementing our new HealthStart initiative in Kenya. I had joined our partner, the Ogra Foundation, for the interviews in Kisumu. Strong applicants made the decisions challenging but we finally agreed and were very happy that George Ariya accepted the post of project manager, David Onguko the post of monitoring and evaluation officer, Timothy Omondi the post of finance officer and Fredah Ajowi project officer. A great team had been identified ready for the launch of HealthStart in the 2 selected schools at the beginning of May.
HealthStart is an integrated school health and nutrition programme to support the health and education of primary school children. Many current approaches to school health and nutrition are largely vertical programmes that focus on one or a few interventions such as school feeding, deworming or water and sanitation. HealthStart presents an opportunity to develop an innovative, evidence-based and integrated school health and nutrition programme for use in primary schools in Nyando and Muhoroni districs, which if shown to be effective, could have a major impact on child health and educational outcomes and could be scaled up in Nyanza.