Mount Kenya University (MKU) has bagged an international award for its efforts in improving the health of children and access to safe water in this COVID-19 pandemic period.
MKU won the Talloires Network Innovative Civic Engagement Award ,2020 after distributing over 10,000 water backpacks that provide access to safe water transport to thousands of people.
Through a project titled “Co-creation strategies for improving the health of children and access to safe water in a time of crisis”, MKU advocated for the eradication of jigger infestations in Marsabit and Kilifi Counties, by treating over 1000 jigger infested pupils.
Other activities that were considered during the award included the involvement of MKU staff and students in community outreach programs and mobility programme.
The Thika-based institution says it will use the bagged Sh2 million to expand the initiative including an additional 3,500 pupils infested with jiggers in Watamu, Malindi besides setting up handwashing units countrywide in the war on the coronavirus.
Talloires Network Executive Director Lorlene Hoyt said the select committee was impressed by MKU’s contributions in achieving a more equal and more inclusive society.
“After a competitive review process, the Selection Committee was impressed by the partnership, and wishes to recognize and support (Mount Kenya University) continued civic engagement work.” said Ms. Lorlene Hoyt.