In the month of June, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (Nairobi) held a university engagement forum dubbed youthvoices4UHC. Over 50 students from different universities participated in the discussions that sought to highlight and demystify Universal Health Coverage in Kenya.
The engagement was in form of a panel discussion as well as a Question and Answer Session. The panel consisted of Alice Wangui, from the Ministry of Health, Rahab Mbau, research officer in the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) at KEMRI-Wellcome and Alex Njeru policy engagement at KEMRI-Wellcome as well. The team successfully demystified what Universal Health Coverage meant for Kenya and what the government had done towards its achievement. Notably, the Youth Secretary from the State Department of Youth within the Ministry of Public Service, Mr Raymond Ouma urged the youth to take up their rightful space in the discussions on UHC and to advocate for the consideration of youth matters in the UHC agenda and roll-out.
During the feedback session, the students expressed their interest in participating in the policy dialogues and discourse about surrounding UHC. They further advocated for increased civic education and community engagement on UHC. The education would ensure that communities and potential beneficiaries had enough information on role of UHC in improving their lives, as well as, information on where services were and how they were to be accessed.
The conversation Continues on twitter using the Hashtag #youthvoices4UHC.