KIU, Main Campus - Kampala International University, on 12th March 2020, hosted the first-ever campus Health Link Bazaar under the theme: "Bridging the gap in access and utilisation of accurate sexual reproductive health information and services for young people."
The event was organised by the Ministry of Health, in conjunction with United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), World Health Organization (WHO), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), and World Bank Group.
Olive Sentumbwe, Head of Family Health and Population at WHO, championing as the Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker, encouraged institutions of learning to stream resources towards the creation of better and healthier environment free from sexual harassment or gender based violence, so as to enable the students to strive for a better future.
"Institutions should create a learning environment free from sexual harassment and gender based violence," she said, "In addition, students should also improve on life skills by not taking bait in their academic life."
The health bazaar pioneer and one of the organisers of the first-ever Campus Health Peer Link Bazaar, Dr. Amani Annah Kamugizire, Dean Digital School of Open, Distance and E-learning, said this particular event was done to prepare youths to be health advocates in empowering their peers with knowledge especially to do with Sexual Reproductive Health.
Elizabeth Kemigisha, member of "Yo'space" which is a health organization advocating for healthy family planning and self-living, urged students to take up responsibility and special precaution when it comes to all aspects of their health.
"Students should be responsible for the decisions they make. However, in whatever they do, they should put their health first," she said.
Grace Bagonza, a student at KIU now a peer educator, expressed her gratitude to the organizers for enabling such an event. She further encouraged students to always attend such functions when organized because they may learn a thing or two.