Health-Start Program is a partnership initiative of KOP and OGRA Foundation. The program is designed & based on the Kenya National School Health Policy by the Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation and Ministry of Education. It is a comprehensive School Health and Nutrition programme supporting the Health and Education of school children with the aims of improving Child Health and Educational Outcomes in Primary Schools in Western Kenya, Kisumu County
The program is being piloted in two primary schools - Rabuor and Ombeyi reaching 2000 school-going children. It is envisaged that the program will significantly contribute towards enhancing the quality of health in the two pilot school communities by creating a healthy and child-friendly environment for teaching and learning.
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School going Children constitute 42% (8,661,333) of the Kenyan population (38,863,000). The same proportions of children in Nyando and Muhoroni Districts suffer significant degrees of ill health & morbidity that affect their Health, Nutrition and Education performance. Some of these challenges that compromise the optimal performance of children in schools include parasitic infections, water related health problems, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS/STI, Teenage pregnancy, Sexual harassment, Drugs and Substance abuse and School truancy
Schools, in this regard provide an organized structure that is conducive for the provision of health, nutrition and education services as well as key avenues for disease prevention and control. Investments in the health and education of school children therefore mean a healthy and educated nation where learners at their early stage of development inherently form the required lifelong behaviours, practices, values, skills and attitudes
Key Result Areas