FAMSA CELEBRATES THE AFRICAN CHILD DAY (16TH JUNE, 2012)
The Day of the African Child marks the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising in 1976. On June 16, 1976, thousands of black South African students joined in a protest against the oppressive education policies of the apartheid regime. Police responded with force, killing an estimated two hundred children. Since 1991, June 16th has been an occasion to honour the courage of the children who participated in the protests, and to advocate for further action to address the physical and educational needs of children in Africa.
This year’s theme was, “The Rights of Children with Disabilities”: the duty to protect, respect, promote and fulfill. In light of this situation, the Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA), which is a project- oriented body of African Medical Students who seek to be actively involved in tackling the peculiar problems of the African continent, especially with regard to health felt compelled to show our support for the disabled in Africa by marking the day with activities aimed at improving the health of and raising awareness about the rights of the disabled in our communities.
MSAMU from Moi University (Kenya) and AMSKIU from KIU (Uganda) carried out the various activities on this day and partnered with various schools for the disabled, Non- Governmental Organisations, corporates and community members. In Kenya, the main sponsor was Handicap International- Kitale program office, T-shirts were provided by Safaricom and Paul’s Bakery- Eldoret, Coca Cola- Rift Valley Bottlers ltd, Khetia, Suam and Transmatt supermarkets (all based in kitale) provided soft drinks and snacks for the event.
In Uganda, Hunter Fm and TV, Red cross, Pride microfinance, United Faith Chapel, contagious fellowship, Watoto staff, health partners and KIU Western Campus and Teaching Hospital.
The activities carried out included; Disability Awareness Walk, Free pediatric medical camp, Health education at neighboring schools and communities, Fun day and Be a buddy- day. Recommendations
Be-a-buddy program; it is our recommendation that every Medical Students’ Association in FAMSA endeavor to set up a social responsibility program in their university to enable the medical students to interact with disabled and less-privileged persons of society in their immediate locality.
FAMSA would also like to appreciate the following companies for their priceless support in ensuring the success of this event;
- Safaricom (a national telecommunications company),
- Coca cola
- Khetia supermarket
- Handicap International
- Family health options
- Hunter Fm and TV
- Red cross
- Pride microfinance
- United Faith Chapel
- KIU Western Campus and Teaching Hospital.
“Towards the improvement of Health in Africa”