Ogweno Stephen was recently featured in this year’s second edition of the Winners Features, a publication by the Quality Health Care Kenyan Awards for winning this year’s student innovation project of the year under The Drug Free Youth Project that we developed and jointly implemented with Stowelink Inc at Kenyatta University and other universities and learning institutions.
The Drug Free Youth Project educated young people in primary schools, high school, and colleges on the effects of drugs and substance abuse linking these effects to academics, performance and non communicable diseases such as cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Implemented in 2019, the project used extremely innovative approaches to put this message out through use of outdoor learning sessions, social media, poetry, board games and the drug free youth poetry book. The Drug Free Youth Project was conducted by a team of students from Kenyatta University School of Public Health led by Ogweno Stephen and included Ayallo Harizon, Oduor Kevin, Feddy Collins, Nayla Chebet, Noel Museshi Murunga, Owinyo Victor and Victor Kariuki. The project reached 14,870 students in 7 primary schools, 5 high schools and 4 universities in Nairobi.
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About the awards
The first of its kind in Kenya, Quality Health Care Kenyan Awards (QHKA) has taken on the mantle and seeks to change the narrative and showcase impact of the positive contributions on the Kenyan health sector for scalability and sustainability. The initiative takes a health system strengthening approach to improve standards of health service delivery among health professionals by recognizing outstanding performance, fostering innovation and the use of information technology, sharing of best practice, uniting the public and private sectors towards a common goal and creating a platform for collaboration.