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THE SCORA REPRO HEALTH SERIES REPORT Men’s health The SCORA Egerton Team comprised of Local Officer, Barbara Nyaga, and Assistant Local Officer, Sarah Murabula, decided to begin a series of online conversations on all issues related to reproductive health from various specialists in our country named 'THE SCORA REPRO HEALTH SERIES.' For the first online session, we decided to have an online discussion of Men's health seeing as June is Men's health month. The online discussion took place in two phases. The first phase was done on Friday 21st June at 6p.m. where the two facilitators, Barbara Nyaga and Sarah Murabula did an introductory course on the basic anatomy and physiology of the male reproductive system, changes that take place in adolescence in boys and the advantages and disadvantages of circumcision. The audience for the first phase was 253 people from Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria in the Whatsapp group. The second phase was done on Saturday 22nd June from 5p.m. to 6p.m. and was facilitated by both Barbara Nyaga and Sarah Murabula but done by Dr. Wanjiru Ndegwa Njuguna, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and reproductive medicine specialist who talked about the cancers of the male reproductive system (prostate, testicular and breast cancer of the male and male infertility). The total audience for this phase was 366

people distributed in two hardball groups. The audience was very receptive and vibrant in the question and answer session. The overall event was a success. Special appreciation goes to the following people for their utmost support and help in spreading word about the event: Atiyya Tul Munim, National Officer SCORA, the SCORA National Committee 2019/2020 comprising the Local Officers, Nicolas Kioko, MSAKE's Finance Officer, Angela Nambiro, the current National Officer for public Health and Duncan Gwaro, the publicity manager for SCORA. The genuine support and encouragement from EUMEDSA president, Elijah Bul and MSAKE Secretary General, George Jeremiah will remain of great significance to the SCORA Egerton Team. We look forward to having many more sessions within the year for many more reproductive health issues facing the society.

The SCORA Egerton Team

Barbara Nyaga

Sarah Murabula

Here’s what we have planned next:

ONLINE DISCUSSION ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE In light of the recent happenings SCORA and SCORP organized an online discussion about GBV and Mental Health on 8th May 2019 The discussion saw at least 256 members engaged, who were mainly students drawn from the nine universities in Kenya offering medical courses The discussion was moderated by Nemo Kimiri, who is a consummate gender and development professional with over 5 years of experience in prevention and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. A significant aspect of her work has entailed supporting and complementing existing structures on local, national and regional levels. Her work revolves around technical support, gender and GBV mainstreaming, case management, capacity building, coordination, social behavior change communication (SBCC), institutional strengthening, and financial management. She was assisted by Dr. Ndemange who is a medical doctor and tutorial fellow in human anatomy at Kisii University. He is a mental health expert by experience, former MSAKE Vice President and also served as MSAKE President. He is also the Founding Organising Secretary Ukweli Party. The session also was facilitated by Bidian Nyamor from RESPEKT. He is a knowledgeable trainer on matters relating to GBV. He was assisted by Duncan Gwaro who is the Marketing and Publicity MANAGER-SCORA, Kenya. Key issues discussed revolved around the following thematic areas:  Clarification of the terms GBV and Mental Health.  The different forms of GBV with a special focus on the ones which are common in our setting.  To what extent does Mental Health influence GBV.  What mental health issues results from GBV infliction and how to manage them.  Legal action taken towards GBV resulting from mental health problems. The discussion ended with a Q/A session where participants got an opportunity to engage the speakers. The key take home messages being: "If we simply consider mental health as emotional, psychological and social wellbeing, i.e. living well with our feelings, living well with our thoughts and living well with others, it becomes clear that poor mental health contributes to gender based violence" -Dr. Ndemange

"We can always mitigate the trauma of abuse as communities. Abusers must not go on to become abusers. In fact, it is likely most don't but we can make sure that most becomes all. Cycles of violence can only be ended if we take action" -Nemo Kimiri We look forward to have a similar discussion in the near future to talk about the existing legal frameworks for GBV victims Special thanks to SCORA and SCORP officials for making this discussion a success and of great impact. Duncan Gwaro, Marketing and Publicity Manager, SCORA Kenya

Bidian Nyamor

Dr. Ndemange

Duncan Gwaro

Nemo Kimiri

CAMPUS HEALTH WEEK Kenya Methodist University had its campus health week from the 19th of June to the 21st June. This event was sponsored by many organizations including Kenya Red cross, the county government of Meru, I choose life Africa among others. SCORA Meru chapter also had the opportunity to participate in the event. We were tasked with the duty of mobilizing students and sensitizing them on the need to participate in the health awareness week which we did by educating students one on one around the campus on the importance of going for breast and cervical cancer screening which were being offered. We also had SCORA volunteers around the areas of screening giving talks and answering questions on sexual and reproductive health. We are grateful to everyone who made this possible and for allowing us to work with them. Prepare by Brilliant Kitinga, LORA-KeMU

SCORA & SCORP GBV AND MENTAL HEALTH CHAT What is GBV & MENTAL HEALTH? According to WHO it is any act that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. Both men and women are affected contrary to popular belief that it solely affects women. The major contributing factor to the misnomer being social constructs and women being more comfortable with opening up to seek help when abused compared to men. A better description was thus brought up which is: GBV is harm inflicted on someone based on their gender-Atiyya Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. What are the different forms of GBV? They include:    

Sexual- for example rape Physical- for example battery Economic- for example denying women inheritance Emotional – for example cyber bullying.

Which rights does GBV violate? It violates the following rights and freedoms:      

Right to life Right to education Right to security The highest standard of physical and mental health Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Freedom of opinion and expression

Mental health and GBV GBV can be both a trigger and a cause of mental health issues. I say this because you can have a preexisting condition e.g. major depression or dissociative disorder and a GBV incident can bring it out. Persons with severe mental health illnesses are more likely to fall victims of violence (6 times more likely to experience sexual violence during their life). Typically a survivor will suffer some PTSD symptoms. Within the first few days, there is usually shock that occurs where you can disassociate from everything and everyone. Shock presents differently, (not everyone is catatonic or mute). A professional stated that some clients could come in

laughing hysterically or answering with a flat affect (no emotion in their voice, just stating it like facts). The immediate action to take when one comes across a case of GBV is to ensure safety and wellbeing of the victim. REPORT cases of GBV to the police or refer/ escort them to GVRCNairobi Women's or LVCT or a GBVRC at a county Hospital. CRADLE handles children's issues. Befrienders offer free counseling. There are possible hindrances and setbacks to reporting GBV cases. This means reporting an incidence of GBV can be hard and in some instances, seem like a farfetched idea. Some reasons are:  

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Societal pressures, shame to the family, ‘what will people say’ mentality Time and resources invested in the relationship. So they feel that leaving "after everything they've been through together" would be wasting themselves. (abuse within a marriage) Many victims endure abuse just to try maintaining a "functional family" for lack of better words. They fear that if they take action, their children might have to deal with the consequences of their doing. Holding on to happier moments in the relationship and feeling like they do not deserve better or are unworthy of a better partner. In some religion divorce is a sin, thus the viability of taking legal action that would result in divorce makes the victims chose not to report it. Some victims state that since they are used to the abuse, it is better that they endure it rather than the next person who may suffer worse fates. Comparative superiority.

How to cope/handle GBV and its mental health implications Personal therapy to help you cope as well as regular supervision and debriefing so that the caregiver does not take on more than you can handle.

UN International Day for Innocent Children Victims of Aggression On the 4th of June, people from different corners of the world come together to commemorate the UN international day for Innocent children victims of aggression. The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN's commitment to protect the rights of children.

What Do People Do? The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression celebrates the millions of individuals and organizations working to protect and preserve the rights of children. For example, the Global Movement for Children, with leadership from Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel, is an inspiring force for change that involves ordinary people and families worldwide. The ''Say Yes for Children'' campaign, endorsed by more than 94 million people, calls for 10 positive actions to be taken to improve the lives of children. This day is a time for individuals and organizations all over the world to become aware of the impact of monstrosity of abuse, in all its forms, against children. It is also a time when organizations and individuals learn from or take part in awareness campaigns centered on protecting children's rights. Here at SCORP – KENYA, we conducted a capacity building exercise at Kenyatta University on that material day. We had 20 people from different medical schools in Kenya trained on CHILD RIGHTS ADVOCACY. The trainees then represented SCORP at a charity visit at Ruiru Rehabilitation Centre on the 8th of June 2019. We plan on visiting them again in the foreseeable future.

Violence against children: facts and figures. ●

Violence against children affects more than 1 billion children around the world and costs societies up to US$ 7 trillion a year.

50% of the world’s children experience violence every year.

Every 5 minutes, somewhere in the world, a child is killed by violence

1 in 10 children is sexually abused before the age of 18.

9 in 10 children live in countries where corporal punishment is not fully prohibited, leaving 732 million children without legal protection.

Any child can become a victim of online violence.

246 million children worldwide affected by school-related violence each year.

1 in 3 students have been bullied by their peers at school in the last month, and at least 1 in 10 children have experienced cyberbullying. (United Nations, 2019)

In recent years, the number of violations perpetrated against children have, in many conflict zones, increased. More needs to be done to protect the 250 million children living in countries and areas affected by conflict. More must be done to protect children from targeting by violent extremists, to promote international humanitarian and human rights law, and to ensure accountability for violations of the rights of children.

Let It Out: Psychological Trauma. Ian Ndei

| SCOPH Local Officer, Uzima University.


he sixth series of Let It Out went down in Uzima University on the 13th of June. We had an informative conversation on an often overlooked topic, but one that has long standing effects in our current society. Did you know psychological trauma can be the genesis of other mental disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ,depression and even substance abuse? You see, these are some of the challenges our society is already grappling with at the moment. My guess is that you probably know someone who has been through an abusive relationship, police brutality, domestic violence, sexual abuse or maybe a neigbour who has a violent alcoholic parent. This is how ill our society is and more than any time we should try to see how to help victims of these traumatic events.

The conversation also gravitated a lot towards posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD especially how it manifests. This article might not be enough to explain everything. However, here is how to know a person is going through PTSD; the person will have Intrusive thoughts which could range from involuntary memories distressing dreams or flashbacks of the traumatic event, Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event; Negative thoughts about oneself or others; Arousal and reactive symptoms which could include being irritable and having angry outbursts. So next time don’t dismiss your colleague as being paranoid when they unusually start getting irritated over simple things, they may be dealing with effects of psychological trauma. However, it’s not PTSD if these symptoms have not lasted a month.

When SCOPH Egerton hosted ‘Let It Out’ Redscar Daniel | SCOPH Local Officer, EUMEDSA n 6th June, SCOPH Egerton hosted the Let it Out event, a national series seeking to enlighten audiences on topical mental health issues. Held at the Anatomy Complex at the Njoro-based Main Campus, the event had students drawn from multiple faculties in attendance.


The event began at 9:00am. ‘Chief’ Bennet Mbata, a Sociology and Political Science student at the university, was the event’s master of ceremony. He kicked it off by explaining the justification(s) of the day’s discussion. He stressed that depression is real and that it, according to the estimates, affects one in every fifteen adults in any given year, and one in every six people will experience depression at some time in their life. It was also observed that depression can strike at any time but it usually appears during the late teens to mid-20s. The first guest speaker was Amina Ishmael, a Nakuru-based psychologist and counselor. She performed her depression-themed spoken word pieces and talked about the causes of depression, noting that depression can affect anyone, even a person who appears to live in a relatively ideal circumstance. She also highlighted the predisposing factors, exhaustively discussing the contributions of biochemistry, personality, genetics and the environment, for example. After a musical interlude, Naomi Kamau of the Institute of Gender Studies and EU Gender League Club took the audience through the Symptoms of Depression. For instance, she noted that feeling sad, losing interest or

pleasure in activities that one once enjoyed, having trouble in sleeping or sleeping too much, feeling worthless or guilty, having difficulty in thinking, concentrating or making decision, and thinking of death or suicide are depression red flags. Additionally, she stressed that an increase in purposeless physical activities such as hand wringing or slowed movements and speech as well as change in appetite which can be observed in either loss of weight or gain depending with change in the appetite are depression indicators. Eric Chuna of the HIV Awareness Club then read out a concept note on depression, followed by a performance by Naomi Kamau and Kevin Obonyo. Eric and Kevin then took the audience through how to differentiate depression from sadness, grief and bereavement. The clarion call was that distinguishing between grief and depression can help people get the help or support on medical attention they need. After other presentations, including one by the hosting SCOPH Local Officer, the last speaker took the baton. Benson Nyamweno, a Peer Counselor attached to the University’s Counseling Office, spoke about treatment and handling of depression. At length, he discussed the contributions of medication, psychotherapy or counseling and electro convulsive therapy (ECT), among others. He gave examples of self-help and coping mechanisms to be regular exercise, regular quality sleep, healthy diet and avoiding alcohol and substance abuse, to mention a few. Between talk sessions, Poet Sharon Orina had spoken word performances. She wowed the audience with her insightful pieces ‘These Voices in My Head’ and ‘Dear Depression.’ Poet Irene came in tow. After an open session for testimonies & Q&A, a vote of thanks was passed, appreciating the presenters, attendees and the partnerships of Mental 360, the university’s Counseling Office, the Gender League, the Kenya Red Cross EU Chapter and EUMEDSA, the host.


Fiona Kibugu – SCOME Local Officer, UoN

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT Basic life support (BLS) is defined as a variety of non-invasive emergency procedures performed to assist in the immediate survival of a patient. This includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hemorrhage control, stabilization of fractures, spinal immobilization, and basic first aid. These procedures can be lifesaving and are often important to implement early. Specifically in the case of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), BLS procedures can have a significant impact on survival, and are typically delivered by initial responders until more advanced and definitive medical care can be implemented. In the unresponsive adult a primary assessment is done. First, conduct a scene size-up to determine if it is safe to approach the patient. When there are no signs of imminent danger, one goes on to care for the patient. Three major components are involved (the ABC’s):   

Airway Breathing Circulation

Assessing the level of Consciousness Check to see if the patient is responsive. This may be obvious from your scene size-up and initial impression. For example; the patient may be able to speak to you or perhaps may be crying and even be making some form of movement. One should ask themselves these fundamental questions: “Are they fully awake? Do they respond to verbal or painful stimuli? Are they unresponsive? ”

Airway maintenance Airway maneuvers The two most common methods for opening the airway are the head-tilt/chin-lift and jaw-thrust maneuvers. While the head-tilt/chin-lift is the preferred method, it can be dangerous to use on a patient who may have a cervical spine injury.

Head Tilt-Chin Lift To perform the head-tilt maneuver, approach the patient from the side. Place the palm of one hand on the patient's forehead and push down gently, rolling the patient's head towards the top. Then, using the fingers of your free hand, lightly lift the chin even further up. Jaw thrust maneuver To perform the jaw-thrust maneuver, approach the patient so that you are facing the top of their head. Place each hand on either side of their face so that your thumbs are on the cheek bone and fingers are underneath the jaw bone. Then pull the lower jaw forward by lifting your fingers while pushing slightly down with the thumbs Breathing Look for chest movements, listen for breath sounds and feel for the carotid pulse if one is trained. Feel for expired air on side of face as well. In the unresponsive and breathing patient, put them into the recovery position. Continue to monitor the patient regularly, checking for pulse and respirations. If there is no breathing and pulse detected, commence CPR. Circulation The rescuer should put the heel of one hand in the middle of the lower half of the sternum and place the other hand on top. They should pull the fingers back so only the heel of the hand is in contact with the centre of the sternum. Keep arms straight and lock elbows to maximize the effectiveness of the compressions. Press down vertically by 4-5 cm, keeping the movements smooth .The rate of compressions is 100 per minute to give the maximum circulatory perfusion. Follow 30 chest compressions with 2 ventilations. Tilt the head back, lift chin and pinch patient’s nose take a good breath get a good seal around patients mouth and blow steadily to facilitate good air entry into the patient’s lungs. Each ventilation is 1 second, ensure that you watch the chest rise and fall. Continue with CPR until help arrives.

Mary Njoroge

CONCEPTUALIZATION OF A RESEARCH IDEA On 22nd June 2019, KeMU SCOR local chapter held training on the conceptualization of a research idea. Facilitators: Mary Njoroge and Esther Mulunji Guest speaker: Dr. Curtis AGENDA  How to come up with an appropriate research question.  How to effectively search for research papers online.  Demonstration of how to use zotero- a platform that allows one to download research papers and access them offline.

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS An online forum on Research publications that dealt with creating awareness on the process involved in getting a research paper published was held on 4th July 2019 Facilitator: Mary Njoroge Guest speakers: Fadhila Yusuf and Denis Burundi AGENDA How to:     

Find a journal Prepare your paper Submit and revise Track your paper Share and promote your paper

When publishing a paper:  

Identify your journal according to your research topic/area of interest Find out the journal impact factor of your journal of interest to ensure you don’t publish in a predator journal. You can use the website: A good journal impact factor is above 15. Take a look at the requirements of the journal for example; some might require you to pay for publishing while others do it for free. Find out the format of the manuscript and how easy it is to publish your journal (the older the journal or the higher the journal impact factor can make publishing a paper in that specific journal very difficult) Finally, you must only publish once in one specific journal and you cannot duplicate your paper and send it to another journal.

My Experience as a SCOPE L.O. Anita Otsyula | SCOPE Local Officer Hello. My name is Anita Otsyula, a third year med student. My school life was quite uneventful till a couple of months ago when I became local officer of SCOPE (Standing committee for professional exchange). This is the subcommittee of MSAKE that deals with student exchange programs. EXCITING, RIGHT? My experience has been an interesting one. For starters, I had not anticipated that the job would involve interacting with so many people. I've always been quiet. Preferring to listen rather than talk in a conversation. So, being in this position has enabled me to get out of my comfort zone and just talk to anyone and everyone. This month I got to welcome the first exchange students (since my term began): Ingar Naess and Asier Lisazo. So far, it’s been an eventful week, filled with lots of planning and many tours through KNH. I now appreciate all the hard work that my predecessor (Robyn) put in to keep the program running. All in all, I love this position because it has given me the opportunity to interact with many different people. I've made new friends and learnt about other cultures. It has been a memorable experience.

Ebola: A Malignant Neglect? By: Chandni Patel

It has been around 40 years since Ebola was first discovered in DRC near the Ebola River. The current outbreak in DRC is said to be the tenth outbreak, it is the second largest Ebola epidemic to be reported. The species implicated in the current outbreak is the Zaire ebolavirus, the deadliest of the 5 species and the same one in the outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2016 (The largest outbreak recorded in history). In June 2019, Uganda reported a positive Ebola case; the first cross border case since the outbreak began. Just two years since the largest outbreak recorded, we are facing yet another outbreak. Yet the world seems unable to take the steps that worked the last time round. In the West African outbreak, it is the global outpouring of funds and personnel that helped to curb the outbreak. This time round, the CDC’s medical workers-the most seasoned interventionists- have been restricted from going to the hot zone, citing concerns about their safety. Now that the disease is closer home, what do you know about the disease? Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever, a disease that has shattered communities, pulled down economies and left orphans behind. It is transmitted through direct contact with body fluids of infected persons, needles and syringes contaminated with body fluids and infected fruit bats and non-human primates. Symptoms of the disease do not appear immediately after infection. Appearance of symptoms takes 2-21 days after contact with the virus. Symptoms include: High grade fever, myalgia, severe headache, unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising), diarrhea and vomiting. Treatment is mainly supportive; fluid and electrolyte replacement, analgesics, antipyretics and oxygen therapy. However, antiviral treatment is being developed to stop progression of the disease by inhibiting viral replication. Prevention of the disease is mainly by avoiding contact with body fluids of those infected with Ebola, contact with bats and non-human primates (including their body fluids and raw meat) and avoiding handling of bodies of those who died from Ebola during funeral and burial rites. An experimental vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV-GP was found to be highly protective against the virus in a trial conducted by the WHO. FDA licensure for the vaccine is yet to be given. Other vaccines in ongoing trials are the recombinant adenovirus type 5 Ebola vaccine and the recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus vaccine. Despite the disease being ‘rare’, it is quite lethal and the world silence about it just doesn’t work right. It is a global health emergency given its magnitude and therefore should be given due attention. The neglect is not benign, it is malignant. We are irrationally lurching between crisis and complacency mode, the under-reaction is just unforgivable. Reference:

Loading: The 33rd FAMSA General Assembly & 51st Scientific Conference Redscar Daniel | FAMSA GA OC Member


stablished in 1968, the Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations, FAMSA, is an independent, non-political Federation of Medical Students’ Associations drawn from 25 states of Anglophone and saxophone Africa. It is a project-oriented medical student body and is recognized by the African Union and the World Health Organization as the official international forum of African medical students. The FAMSA vision is to become a strong network of medical students, aware of global health issues and responsive to the current questions facing the medical profession and global health. Among other things, FAMSA seeks to be the forum for medical students throughout the African continent to discuss topics related to health, education and medicine to formulate action plans from such discussions and to carry out appropriate activities.’ The Organizing Committee of FAMSA GA 2019 has since invited all medical students and healthcare professionals from all over Africa to Nairobi (Green City in the Sun) for the 33rd General Assembly and 51st Scientific Conference this November. This year promises to be amazingly unforgettable! ‘The FAMSA G Assembly and Scientific Conference 2019 seek to bring together young vibrant minds as well as professionals and relevant stakeholders in both the public and private sectors from across Africa and

beyond to discuss ideas and initiate steps to position Africa on the path to sustainable development in health and by extension in every other sphere of human development. The conference will feature keynote addresses, plenary sessions, workshops, trainings, hackathon sessions, and scientific presentations on carefully selected subthemes all related and contributory to the goal of repositioning healthcare in Africa for Sustainable Development.’ The 33rd General Assembly of the Federation of African Medical Students Associations (FAMSA) will be jointly hosted by the Jomo Kenyatta University Medical Students’ Association (JKUMSA) and the Association of Kenyatta University Medical Students’ Association (AKUMS), Kenya. It is set to take place in November. Several high profile speakers are expected to participate in the plenaries. So, yes, welcome to Nairobi, the Green City in the Sun! Welcome to K.U. & JKUAT come November! For details and developments, follow the 2019 OC on: Twitter: @famsaga2019 Instagram: @famsaga2019 Facebook page: @famsaga2019 #famsaga2019 #beautifulkenya

Medical Students’ Association of Moi University (MSAMU) SCHOOL OF MEDICINE P.O. Box 4606 ELDORET, KENYA. Email:

REPORT ON THE 2ND FAMSA EAST AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING HELD ON 6TH TO 8TH JUNE 2019 AT MOI UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES. The Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA) is an independent, nonpolitical association established in 1968. It is the umbrella association of all medical schools in Africa and is recognized by the African Union (AU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as the official international forum of African Medical Students. FAMSA was created to cultivate the spirit of friendship among medical students in Africa. There are currently twenty-five member countries in the association from East, North, South and West Africa. The Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA) East Africa Region held her Regional Meeting in Moi University, College of Health Sciences from the 6th to the 8th of June 2019. The meeting was hosted by the Medical Students’ Association of Moi University (MSAMU) in Eldoret, Kenya. Our sponsors and partners were the Mediheal Group of Hospitals and RESPEKT respectively. This meeting brought together medical students from all over East Africa, to participate in the discussion on the theme, “Medicine and Beyond”, creating a great platform for learning and exchanging ideas. Under this theme were the sub-themes: ● Medicine, Advocacy and Leadership ● Medicine and Entrepreneurship ● Medicine and Technology ● Medicine and Research ● Medicine and Mental Health A total of 105 delegates attended the event. Several keynote sessions were delivered by great and renowned speakers during the event. There were two interactive panel sessions: Panel Session 1: On ‘Safe Abortion Care’ - Facilitated by RESPEKT, SCORA and Dr. Hillary Mabeya. Panel Session 2: On ‘Depression' -

Facilitated by Ms. Lynn Waithera, Tubonge and some of the delegates. The panellists addressed how to identify, cope with or support someone with depression.

leader, the importance of self-awareness in leadership and how to make your strengths and weaknesses work for you as a leader.

Dr. Evans Asembo, Public Health Specialist, spoke on the topic, "The Art of Medicine," where he emphasized the fact that ‘The Art of Medicine is the Heart of Medicine.

Mr. Gabriel Achayo, the National Coordinator for the Africa Youth Leadership Forum (AYLF), gave a speech on "The Leadership Ladder" which enlightened the delegates on leadership, characteristics of a good

Ms. Marie Claire Wangari, a Co-founder of the Kenya Health Students' Summit and principal investigator of several pieces of research, discoursed on, "Medicine and Research," informing the delegates that ‘Research is Fun,', the stages of the research process and that curiosity being key in Research.

Prof. Luke Atwoli, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Dean School of Medicine, Moi University & KMA Vice-president spoke on the sub-theme, " Medicine

and Mental Health," on the topic, "Vicarious Trauma: The healer getting injured by healing". He explained what vicarious trauma is, its' presentation, prevention, and various coping mechanisms.

Dr. Jakait Charles Sangalo, Founder and director of Cedar Clinical Associates, Cedar Hospital and Teso Palm Oil Company and Treasurer, Kenya Medical Association, Eldoret Division, spoke on the subtheme, "Medicine and Entrepreneurship". He brought the delegates up to speed on the trends and threats in medical practice in Kenya currently and advised on entrepreneurship and the importance of investing.

Dr. Hillary Mabeya, the Director of Gynocare Women’s and Fistula Hospital and Obstetrician Gynaecologist at Moi University School of Medicine.

The students had a chance to showcase their talents and ideas through the abstract presentation sessions as well as poster presentations. There was also an award for the best poster presentation. The delegates had the opportunity to be trained during the IFMSA-MSAKE Sub Regional Trainings during the 3-day event. There were four pieces of trainings to be selected by the delegates according to preference: ● "Idea to Impact: Activity and Project Management," was a workshop whose goal was to empower medical students to lead projects and activities that positively impact their community. ● "Violence to Victory," was training on Gender-Based Violence, whereby the participants learned its causes and consequences and how to identify and support victims. ● “Training Medical Education Trainers Workshop,” involved equipping medical students with skills that enable and make easy the interaction and training of other medical education trainers. ● "Training New Trainers (TNT) Workshop," focused on providing students and future medics with a platform to gain knowledge on soft skills required in not only their careers but also in everyday life. The delegates also had a chance to have fun during the "Barbeque and Bonding Session," which involved lots of Kenyan Cuisine, local music, dance, games, and a live band. The event was crowned with a fancy closing dinner at the opulent ‘Noble Hotel’, in Eldoret, Kenya. A keynote session was delivered by Dr. Joseph Abuya, Chairperson of Kenya Medical Association, Eldoret Division, on behalf of Dr. Ouma Oluga, who could not make it due to other official commitments. He urged the delegates to aspire to be all-rounded medical practitioners.

THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE The Main O.C; O.C Chairperson: Sheryl Nam (FAMSA RC East Africa); Co-chaired by Nicolas Kioko O.C Vice Chairpersons: ⮚ Finance: Kevin Odeny ⮚ Registration: Ashwinder Bhamra ⮚ Publications: Ian Omwoyo ⮚ Logistics: Angela Nambiro ⮚ Social Responsibilities: Amara Daniel The Extended Committee; Finance: Brian Kibet Registration: Victor Kigen Publications: Valeria Osiemo, Assumphta Muthoni Logistics: Oddera Phelly, Daisy Chumo, Maxwell Mochama, Sharon Kiptoo, Faith Chepkorir Social Responsibilities: Emmanuel Gudu


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Health Campus Week Gala Held at KeMU Pavilion (19th to 21st June, 2019) Abigael Cheptoo | Miss KeMU Have you heard of all negative HIV results in KeMU? Let me break it to you on how the whole thing happened. The event was finally here with us! Being part of the committee meant that there was a lot of fear for the turn up and everything was starting the way we had earlier anticipated. I had a biochemistry class at 7am in the chapel and I was able to concentrate for a short while. It honestly felt like a long time. I got a call from Ndanu Faith and I knew this was concerning the PA and from then I couldn’t help but peep through the curtained-windows of the school chapel- our then our assumed classroom. After the class, I joined the rest of the team in the pavilion. We had the Beyond Zero team join us after a few minutes with the people from the nutrition field. The tents assigned for blood donation were set and the registration area was already filled with people. Now, the interesting bit was where to set the HIV counseling and testing tents. We kept moving them from point A to B to C. The blood donation group was the last to join since they were dispatched from the county. Truly, Africa is Africa; even the county people depict it as Africanism. The event was flagged off by our school president, a Seal who is a leader, Buzeki Nehemiah Kipserem and a prayer from one of the consultative committee, Wafula Paul who prays like Paul in the bible. This is the reason I keep telling my mom to name me Esther so that I can have the qualities of Esther in the bible.MC Dan, DJ Aimes and DJ Monster were blasting the chapel speakers with good music. I was impressed because the event was abruptly full of life with the music and the tent. It goes without saying that every student was interested in participating. Our medical students were of great help. I am especially proud of my classmates. They were taking blood sugar, helping in blood pressure measurements and anthropometrics measurement as well. We had representation from all medical fields helping out. Some were under Red Cross, KeMUMSA, SCOPH, SCORA, KeMUPSA, KeNSA among other medical associations in KeMU.

The turn out on the first day was really impressive, even the volunteers were psyched. A foodie like me didn’t miss breakfast on the first day and had the highest blood donation bags. We had the highest blood donation bags (I forgot the name again after Fred Kobia had mention 10000+ times). The registration station was always filled, not to mention the queues outside the Beyond Zero track. Well, I should have told you first about who really organized this event, right? Have you ever heard of Seals? If you haven’t then you have someone with a pretty T-shirt printed Seals in gold. Yes, this was their thematic event. Now who are Seals? They are mentors from KeMU who are trained and sponsored to reach out to high schools under JIELMISHE which is under I Choose life-Africa. Well, if you are part of their BCCCG group, you must have been told about their origin-the mission is reach 10, empower 100. Seals were there the entire time as ushers and also creating awareness on what was happening in the pavilion. They also made sure that everything was in place. They took turns after every 3 hours and had at least a meal in each of those sessions. Bravo people! We actually owe the whole event to you. I am proud of all of you and especially to the team leader- Faith Ndanu- God bless this woman for me wherever she is. This story, without mentioning the cancer and HIV testing and counseling, won’t be complete. There was breast, cervical and prostate cancer screening. For breast cancer it was purely examinations and for cervical they had vaginal smears. The biased me wasn’t keen on what was being done for prostate screening, but a good job was done. Come to think of it, the timing favored my class as we had just finished anatomy of the reproductive and urinary system. The previous week we had a whole week of nutrition and with end of year exams coming up, I remembered that a little bit of cardio is important too. I was seated with our pharmacy class rep and we were figuring out why some people had high pulse rate and whether systolic or diastolic pressure was high or low.

What attracted most people to HIV testing were actually the wrist bands. They were clear, had the writings “jijue u- jipange” in black and were glow in the dark. We had moonlight testing and this too attracted the ones who wanted to bring their alleged boyfriends and girlfriends. We had the timid ones covered as well. The interesting bit is that whether you tested in broad daylight or you tested in the moonlight; the results were all negative. But hey, be responsible. In our poster for activities we mentioned the mental health talk. It was concerning positive femininity and masculinity. We had a nice talk which at some point sounded like the high school motivational speeches we got but hey, if you attended the talk it was worth it. He actually addressed positive masculinity and femininity in general. He also spoke about relationship maze. May God bless Rev Denis abundantly for the good work. I come from a land where words never run short but this people is the summary of the whole event and with all said and done, I wish to thank GOD for the success of the health week. I wish to thank the following for the tremendous support they gave and may God bless them abundantly: 1. KeMU -under guiding and counseling through the office of Ken; may God expand your territories; under office of MR/MISS KeMU may God use you again next time; under the CF for the instruments, special thanks especially to Mick and Musyoka; the whole student FIELD


body through the president Nehemiah; KeMU redcross through Mary Kamatu, keep helping people your riches are piling somewhere; SEALS through the chairman Emmanuel Kimau ; KEMUMSA, the representation Friday was awesome, God bless you abundantly ;KENSA , through Fred , we felt your presence and we are so grateful; KEMUPSA, Kasim and your team we really appreciate; peer counselors through Wafula Paul and the team, KEMU Clinic the team of Stephen Munene. 2. Blood donation and blood sugar team; I am entirely grateful for everything you gave us and for choosing to work with us. 3. Beyond zero team; the queues were long always but you gave it your all. I remember going for lunch with you as the last slot. All in all may God expand your territories for the good work. 4. HTC team; they were here day and night. May GOD bless and protect you all. 5. I Choose Life- Africa; with the deepest gratitude I wish to appreciate this great team for the good work they are doing. God bless you. 6. SOS villages; thank you so much for the tremendous support and may God bless you. 7. County government of Meru: God bless you all. 8. DJS AND MCs- honestly this people did a wonderful job. I was impressed, app me in case you need them for an event. 9. Finally if I have left out anyone feel appreciated

























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