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.

The strategic intervention areas are:
  • 1. Values and life skills
  • 2. Gender issues
  • 3. Child rights, Child Protection and Responsibilities
  • 4. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 5. Nutrition
  • 6. Disease prevention and control
  • 7. Special needs, disabilities and rehabilitation
  • 8. School infrastructure and environmental safety
  • Program Rationale

    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

  • 1. Established/Functional School Health Committees
  • 2. Strategic Interventions in School Feeding Programme, Micronutrients Supplementation, Use of ITNs, Deworming, Hand-washing and Safe Water System, sexual and reproductive health , child rights and disability, mental health, tobacco and drugs
  • 3. Improved nutritional status of school children
  • 4. Reduced incidences and prevalence of diseases
  • 5. Improved hygiene, sanitation and use of safe water in schools and at home
  • 6. Improved health enhancing Cognitive development, Concentration, Participation, Enrolment, Retention in schools/reduced absenteeism and improved academic performance
  • 7. Improved school environment and infrastructure that are conducive to learning
  • 8. Strengthened coordination of school health interventions by relevant Ministries, communities and other stakeholders
  • 9. Strengthening school and community structures and mechanisms for effective monitoring and evaluation and sustainability of school health programmes