Kenyan Music Star and Entrepreneur Kennedy Ombima also known as King Kaka early last week bagged another first by being invited as one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural UNFPA East and Southern Africa symposium on menstrual health management held from the 28th to 29th of May 2018 at the Hilton, Sandton – Johannesburg. Among the elite list of speakers was Bathabile Dlamini, The Minister of Women – Government of South Africa and Dr. Julitta Onabanjo who is the Regional Director of UNFPA (The United Nations Population Fund).
This was the first Menstrual Health Management Symposium and it was organized by UNFPA (The United Nations Population Fund), The Republic Of South Africa , UNICEF, WHO, Columbia University, UN Women and a few more selected partners. The two day event was attended by several international organizations working to create sustainable menstrual health management in the East and Southern Africa region.
This was a very timely event for King Kaka and his team as they recently launched The King Kaka Sanitary Bank Campaign #BankOnMeKe (in February 2018), with an aim to provide sanitary towels to 100,000 school going girls in Kenya within 12 months and as at now they have already managed to distribute to 7,000 girls.
Speaking on the sidelines on the event, accompanied with his manager/partner Dennis Njenga and Publicist Lisa, King Kaka was excited to be at the event and pointed out that through the forum, they had gotten a once in a lifetime chance to network with sister organizations working directly in enhancing better Menstrual Health in the region and he was keen in establishing alliances to strengthen advocacy efforts towards advancing menstrual health management in Kenya.
From the symposium website, the purpose of the symposium was to strengthen commitment and build on the latest evidence base, to move from research to action, and to demonstrate innovative, sustainable and scalable models to address the menstrual health management needs of adolescent girls and women throughout their menstrual life cycle in East and Southern Africa.