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KUTRRH’s social work department empowers soweto’s community through education and outreach

KUTRRH’s social work department empowers soweto’s community through education and outreach

On the 24th of November 2023, the Social Work Department of Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital extended its reach beyond the hospital walls, venturing into the heart of Soweto to engage with the local community. The event, focused on sensitization and education, aimed to address pressing issues such as Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), drug and substance abuse, National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) operations and the overall well- being of the community.

This initiative was a testament to the hospital’s commitment to giving back to society. The day began with informative talkson critical topics, including mental health, sex education, and general health discussions. Experts from Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital shared valuable insights, providing the community with knowledge to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.
The event featured engaging question-and-answer sessions, fostering open dialogue between the hospital’s representatives and members of the community. This interactive approach ensured that information was not only shared but also understood, addressing specific concerns and dispelling myths
surrounding health- related issues. In an effort to promote safe practices and responsible behavior, the Social Work Department provided live illustrations on the importance of protected sex. This practical demonstration aimed to remove stigma, encourage healthy conversations around sexual health, and empower individuals to make informed choices.

As part of their commitment to community well-being, the hospital distributed free condoms to promote safe sexual practices. Additionally, free calendars were provided, serving as a constant reminder of the importance of regular health check- ups and preventive measures. Recognizing the significance of mental health, the forum delved into ways to protect one’s mental well-being. Discussions highlighted coping mechanisms, stress management, and the importance of seeking professional help
when needed. The hospital’s experts emphasized that mental health is an integral part of overall wellness. Gifting Gumboots to the Elderly: As a heartwarming gesture, the Social Work Department concluded the event

by distributing pairs of gumboots to the older members of the community. This act not only addressed a
practical need but also symbolized the hospital’s commitment to supporting the well-being of every individual, regardless of age.A Successful Community Outreach:The Soweto community outreach by
Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital’s Social Work Department was met with
enthusiasm and appreciation. By providing education, fostering open communication, and addressing
pressing issues, the hospital demonstrated its dedication to creating a healthier and more informed community. The success of this community outreach event serves as a shining example of Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital’s commitment to holistic healthcare.
Beyond diagnosing and treating illnesses, the hospital actively engages with communities, offering
education, support, and empowerment. The Social Work Department’s initiative in Soweto underscores the hospital’s belief that true well-being extends beyond physical health, encompassing mental health, community engagement, and a commitment to making a positive impact on society.

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