Ogweno Stephen was recently featured on The Bizattic podcast hosted by the Vijana Tupo Initiative (VTI), an initiative that leverages digital and social media to provide solutions to youth unemployment. In the podcast Ogweno Stephen spoke about starting a business in kenya and the key skills and mindset that an entrepreneur needs as he gets into business.
Ogweno Stephen is opportunity desk’s person of the month for September 2021. This feature comes less than a month after Ogweno Stephen won the Youth Of The Year Top 35 Under 35 Kenyan Awards and is a testament for his continued contribution in youth leadership, innovation and healthcare.
Read the full feature on the link below
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Established in 2012, Opportunity Desk (OD) is the largest digital media platform that bridges the gap to education by sharing information on relevant learning and growth opportunities for youth around the world. These opportunities help to facilitate young people’s efforts in exchanging ideas and preparing themselves for the future.
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Since inception, Opportunity Desk has reached several thousands of youth from over 200 countries across the world. Our website currently attracts nearly 1,000,000 views monthly with over 200,000 people engaging with us on our various social media platforms. Unlike other platforms for youth opportunities, we are very unique because we work closely with our audience, providing useful tips, direct support and guidance to them.
Recently I travelled to Rwanda for a residential entrepreneurship programme called Jasiri. Part of my experience is all the beauty and peace that exists in Rwanda and all the amazing facilities and culture that the country has. One thing for sure is that Rwanda is clearly one of the cleanest countries that I have ever been too, and I’ve been to a few. The people are kind, and the food options are mind-blowing. Sone thing you can’t take out of Rwanda is their cultural dance, such a beauty to marvel at.
More than that the Jasiri fellows and staff that we are with in the same programme are some of the best people I’ve been privileged to be around. These people think in a very unique way, they exude confidence, high level mindsets and clearly, they have the future of Africa in them. In a subsequent post I will talk a bit more about my Jasiri experience, for the rest of this post see some of my best captures of the travel and experience of Rwanda, enjoy.
The NCDs for public health is an online course developed and taught by Ogweno Stephen under an incredible partnership with Stowelink Inc, Talanta institute, Tujuze learning and Udemy. The course just hit the 500+ student mark. The course has high reviews and is taken by students from all over the world. This course is a big step for Stowelink in the direction of creating literacy and access to education for NCDs in Africa and across the globe.
The Non-Communicable Diseases For Public Health Course will introduce the learners to what non-communicable diseases. The main aim of this short course is to enhance literacy on non-communicable diseases in a bid to improve better health outcomes through the application of the course content to daily life. This course can be taken by individuals, community health workers, teachers, students and even parents in a bid to learn about various non communicable diseases and on how to prevent and control them.
The course contains 9 modules and has been developed in simple easy to understand language that can be understood by the general population. It adapts the use of videos, images and audios to enhance learning. The course will also provide additional course content and research papers required to giver the learner deeper understanding of the topic.
We are hoping that through this course, you will be more informed, you will have fun while learning and that you will share your learnings with someone else. Information is power and relevant information on non-communicable diseases has never been important as it is currently.
Enroll today to the course for free and share it with your networks as well on the link below
The Global Week for Action on NCDs aims to unite the NCD movement each year under a specific theme, concentrating our combined efforts with the aim of reducing the NCD burden globally and increasing health and equality. In 2021, the global community is uniting under the theme of community engagement – leveraging the power and potential of communities to co-create healthier societies.
As an NCDs advocate and a young person who has not only lived with NCDs but has gone ahead to serve the communities of people living with NCDs, I am very happy to have been part of this global week of action. The focus for this year has a vital component of partnership and engagement of varies communities to create healthier societies and I cannot think of a better example of action on NCDs and community building than the NCDs 365 project. In this project which I developed and run at Stowelink, we have been able to engage partners in over 10 countries in Africa forming partnerships with over 30 partners, creating local engagements, and enhancing collaboration and improving NCDs literacy for communities all over the world.
Its because of this very reason that my statement for this year’s week of action is
“we need action now and we the young people need to be at the center of this action for NCDs as advocates, innovators and ambassadors”
We all know moving into a new country can be very challenging especially if you are going in as a student. This is part of the conversation that Ogweno Stephen was privileged to have with the commonwealth scholars of 2021 in their predeparture event. During this event which hosted scholars both from kenya and Rwanda, Ogweno Stephen gave some insights on what tips and skills you need as an international scholar to take care of your mental health as a student abroad.
Here are some of those tips:
Be Responsive to School Outreach
Schools share lots of resources via email, and it’s important for students to read these on a regular basis. Pay attention to all of the communication from your academic program, the international student office, student services office and more. University offices are working hard to help you connect with other students, activities and resources.
Join Social Clubs and Groups
Experts say students should consider joining groups related to a student’s major, interests or hobbies, culture, language and religion to minimize social isolation.
Consider Meditation or Prayer
Many universities have prayer and meditation rooms set aside for students, which can help them manage their stress and well-being.
Explore Counseling Services
At some schools, counseling services can be offered through an interpreter or students can request a counselor from their ethnic background. Due to the pandemic, many schools have offered counseling and mental health services via phone or Zoom.
On the 20th of August 2021, Ogweno Stephen delivered a keynote speech under the theme of “Fostering Youth inclusiveness in the fight against non-Communicable (NCDs) diseases to achieve Universal Health Coverage.” In the online conference webinar organized by FAMSA medical students’ association. In this webinar, Ogweno talked on the state of NCDs in the continent and what we the youth could do in a bid to raise awareness and improve action on NCDs. In this keynote Ogweno insisted on the role of youth where he insisted that as the young people our role is not only to be participants in the conversations that take place in the NCDs space, rather, we as young people need to be key players in the space either as innovators, educators and policy leaders and advocates. Young people need to to take action in the NCDs space and make action on NCDs a priority.
Federation of African Medical Students Associations (Federation Des Association Des Etudiants En Medicine) abbreviated as FAMSA is the official umbrella body for all African medical students. Founded in 1968 as a Nigerian, Ugandan and Ghanaian initiative to foster the spirit of friendship and cooperation among medical students in Africa. FAMSA is an independent, project oriented, non-political medical student body that is recognized by the African Union and the World Health Organization as the official international forum of African medical students.
During the webinar which was held on Zoom between 20th and 21st August, 2021 lasting 3 hours each day, almost 150 students participated in the sessions. The conference hosted a number of speakers from different countries in Africa, whom each had different topics of discussion but all under the NCDs thematic areas. The biggest key takeaway from the event was that the key to changing the whole community always begins with you!
Ogweno Stephen emerged the youth of the year in the recently concluded top 35 under 35 awards where he won under the health category. This award comes after years of service innovation and contribution by Ogweno Stephen in the health care industry. Ogweno Stephen is the founder of Stowelink Inc, an organization that aims at improving literacy and access to diagnostic services for non-communicable diseases across the continent. More than that Ogweno has speared innovation in the health space including the development and implementation of 8 successful health projects, development of the NCDs 365 innovation suite which consists of a mobile application and games aimed at enhancing NCDs literacy, the development of the NCDs module and course just to mention a few. Ogweno also continues to contribute to the scientific field through his published research papers and books.
Through this award and recognition, Ogweno aims to raise the caliber of youths in aspects of health and leadership, inspire more youth entrepreneurial action especially in the health field and inspire youth development and transformation. This he will do continuously through mentorship, working with youths in his projects and organizations, championing for and advocating for youth opportunities and developing new platforms and ways to engage the youth either through his books or online courses and webinars.
About the awards
In 2020, The Youth Agenda under its grand Youth Empowerment Programme, a programme whose theme is to transform the youth “from a demographic challenge to demographic dividend”, fronted the first ever youth awards in Kenya since its independence.
The award branded as the Top 35 under 35 Awards targets to award exemplary youth across various sectors or categories. It takes place annually on the International Youth Day (IYD). (Every year the world celebrates the International Youth Day on 12th August. Each year comes with its theme from the Global UN headquarters).
The awards are part of the major youth empowerment programme which is a complete mentorship and engagement of youth for a one-year period. The awarded youth undergo a six months mentorship at the Youth Agenda Leadership Academy and later linked to three mentees each from their original counties for a maximum of six months. In the midst of mentorship, the awardees also undertake a community service activity in one county.
This was one of the best days of my life yet, graduating from an incredible programme that has changed my life in very fundamental ways. Through this programme I have learnt the essence of leadership, awareness and resilience.
Here are some of the top tips for you to stay mindful through the day that I learnt in my time in the programme:
Meditate. Taking even just 5 minutes to sit quietly and follow your breath can help you feel more conscious and connected for the rest of your day.
Focus On One Thing At A Time. Studies have found that tasks take 50% longer with 50% more errors when multi-tasking, so consider “uni-tasking”, with breaks in between, whenever possible.
Slow Down. Savor the process, whether it’s writing a report, drinking a cup of tea, or cleaning out closets. Deliberate and thoughtful attention to daily actions promotes healthy focus and can keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
Eat Mindfully. Eating your meal without the TV, computer or paper in front of you, where you can truly taste and enjoy what you’re eating, is good, not only for your body, but for your soul as well.
Keep Phone and Computer Time In Check. With all of the media at our fingertips, we can easily be on information overload. Set boundaries for screen time – with designated times for social networking (even set an alarm) – and do your best to keep mobile devices out of reach at bedtime.
Move. Whether it’s walking, practicing yoga, or just stretching at your desk, become aware of your body’s sensations by moving.
Spend Time In Nature. Take walks through a park, the woods, mountain trails or by the beach – wherever you can be outside. Getting outdoors is good for body, mind and spirit, and keeps you in the present.
This graduation marks the beginning of my lifelong fellowship in the Dalai Lama Programme and what an exciting journey that will be!
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.
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.