Launch of the Africa Coordinating Centre for Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (ACCAF)

The College of Health Sciences on 10th December 2013 launched the Africa Coordinating Centre for abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in an event that was marked by pomp and glamour.

In attendance was the Chief Guest, Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Hon. Anne Waiguru, USAID and UNFPA representatives, Officials from the University of Nairobi and the College of Health Sciences including students, staff members and other guests.

The event commenced by flagging off of a walk consisting of approximately 60 participants branded with t-shirts and caps to commemorate the event. The walk begun at the Principals Court, College of Health Sciences making its way towards the KNH bus stop along Ngong road before branching off towards Mbagathi way. Participants then walked back to the College just after the fly over along Mbagathi Way.

During the launch the Chief Guest saluted and commended the Varsity for addressing the need for creation of a center to improve health. Hon. Anne Waiguru said that female genital mutilation was rampant and still being practiced highly. She noted that the center would play a vital role in addressing the issue of FGM. She later thanked all partners and the community for continued support of the cause and heeded financial support from the government before officially launching the event.

In his speech the College Principal Prof. Isaac O. Kibwage welcomed all guests and praised the College for hosting the center basing it on the Varsity’s capacity in performing effective partnerships and collaborations. He also pointed out key objectives and goals of the center before thanking the Varsity’s Senate for approving establishment of the center within the College. He later read out the Vice Chancellor’s speech, Prof. G. Magoha, who sent his apologise for not attending the event due to unavoidable circumstances.