Visiting our partners (3) - Mission for Essential Drugs and Kisumu County Referral Hospital
In November, I paid courtesy calls to the Girls on the Move partner organisations, the employers who are hosting our interns. In the third of my series of blog posts, I visit the Mission for Essential Drugs (MEDS) and Kisumu County Referral Hospital.
The calls were surprise visits. None of the partners or interns had received advance notice and I'm glad to report that they were nicely surprised.
My companion for the journey was Recky Kyalo, our partner coordinator. Recky came to introduce me to the employers as this was the first time I had met them since the programme launch.
Mission for Essential Drugs, Kisumu branch
MEDS is a faith-based organization leading in the promotion of healthy lives by providing quality and affordable health products and technologies, quality assurance, and health advisory services.
MEDS hosts four interns in Kisumu and twelve in Nairobi.
We were welcomed by the Kisumu Branch Manager, Mr Habre Aser, who was delighted that we visited their office. He praised the interns' performance and how quickly they learned and adapted to the organization's culture.
Kisumu County Referral Hospital (KCRH) is a level 5 hospital in Kisumu city that offers 24-hour emergency medical care, and inpatient and outpatient services.
Here, we met with the Hospital Administrator, Mr Evans Oloo, who assured us that the three girls were doing well and learning a lot and could now conduct work under minimal supervision. He also mentioned that the Hospital usually does referrals for employment for any intern who has shown outstanding performance.
While there, we also saw attaches from other institutions of higher learning, confirming Mr Oloo’s words and their commitment to helping the youth.