The power of an empowered youth populace
While people of all ages remain to set the agenda towards creating a sustainable and healthy planet, it is the youth all around the world who stand to enjoy the privileges of a healthy and prosperous Kenya or suffer the consequences for lack of it.
The decisions made by the government, non-governmental organizations, international institutions among other foundations that may be key influencers will continue to have a long lasting impact that will progressively affect the lives of those who fall within the youth age bracket.
Thus, Aids Health Foundation Kenya (AHF) in collaboration with Stop TB Partnership Kenya, National Aids Control Council (NACC), National Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS Kenya (NEPHAK), Kenya Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance (SRHR) and the County Government of Nairobi came together to engage the youth. The initiative made use of dance as a way to attract masses to gather and be informed on matters TB/HIV. The goal was to highlight the relationship between TB & HIV, share treatment procedures and prevention measures.
The 2017 Dunda Yangu Base Yangu edition covered three settlements within Nairobi County i.e. Mathare, Mukuru and Kibera. This campaign came to its culmination on 21st July 2017 at a colourful grand finale ceremony at the Sarakasi Dome, Ngara. A group christened Mukuru Arts stood out and were crowned the winners of the street dance competition. Mukuru Arts proved that they were willing to make a difference and journey towards ending TB/HIV deaths.
The power still remains in the hands of the global youth population to create a Kenya free TB and other poverty related diseases. Empowering the youth can help solve health problems and thus the need to put them on the forefront in sensitizing communities on TB and HIV concerns.