To kick start the project, an initial workshop was held in Bondo, Kenya on 25th May with a group of 52 project stakeholders. Attendees invited from the participating communities in Siaya County included the village mobilizers, village elders, opinion leaders, and ordinary community members, both women and men.
Attendees also included representatives of both the National and County Governments of Siaya County, the local administration, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations, as well as representatives from primary schools, academia and local religious bodies.
At the workshop, an invited speaker, Dr. Peter Omemo, provided the background on water contamination, livestock and human health. Representatives of all four collaborating organisations (VIRED International, KEMRI, University of Brighton and University of Southampton) then introduced plans for the different components of the project.
Following the presentations, participants then provided inputs on various aspects of the project including the overall study design, mechanisms for communicating findings, and relevant initiatives already taking place in Siaya County.Workshop Report
You can read more about the start-up workshop, the different presentations, and the very informative discussions that followed here.Image Gallery