March 7 2019: Jimma University in collaboration with Ipas-Ethiopia organized half-day M-health project launching ceremony to sensitize stakeholders and to take part actively throughout the implementation periods. The primary aim was too aware and promote the M-health project and to discuss with key and primary stakeholders to have smooth functioning and interventions. The workshop includes top management of the University, the student dean and service provision centers’ coordinators/heads, student union representatives, female students association representatives from the main and JiT campus, FGA, Marystops international Jimma branch, and Ipas representatives.
Dr.Adula Bekele (delegates of the president and Vice president for academic affairs at JU) opened the panel discussion. He highlighted what is the importance of education if our students are not practicing in a healthy manner and to have a happy and quality life in the future. In addition, one of the main things to be understood is about their health and how to manage sexual and reproductive health-related issues during their campus life. He also emphasized the role of institutionalizing the agenda of SRH would bring a change together with this project (Mobile-Health need-based SMS text SRH information dissemination and service linkage/referral services).
Dr. Adula also appreciates this project and expressed JU is committed to supporting further research and related projects.
Following the opening remarks, Mr. Lechiss and Mrs.Blain from Ipas-Ethiopia addressed the current epidemic risky of sexual behaviors in the university setting as part of SRH problems. They also stressed that Ipas-Ethiopia is committed to combat SRH problems through different intervention. M-health project in collaborating with JU and other stakeholders can be considered as one method.
Meanwhile, the background including the objective of the M-health project and how to use Kiya-6401 subscription also presented. During the discussion, the reality and challenges with regard to SRH problems of students were addressed by Gender office delegate.
Finally, the major activities to be conducted within 6-month as part of the M-health project was presented by Mr.Yibeltal Siraneh (Program Coordinator) and the participants held a discussion on the issues raised by the presenter and it was recommended that the planned way of intervention is promising, evidence-based and workable at the university setting.