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118 Equity leaders program scholars admitted to 56 Global Universities

Other than mentorship and leadership development, ELP is keen on spurring personal and professional development, creativity and innovation and community engagement amongst the scholars thus moulding them into forward thinking young professionals with a heart for community give back.

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A 2020 Equity leaders program scholar registers herself for a two-week induction program in Nairobi.PHOTO/Courtesy.

118 scholars from the Equity Leadership Program comprising of Wings to Fly alumni beneficiaries as well as those who topped the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in their respective sub counties; have received admission and full financial aid to 56 global universities.

The fifty-six (56) institutions are situated across five continents in different countries including United States of America (USA), Canada, China, Singapore, Mauritius, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and India.

This year’s admissions bring the total the number of scholars who have so far gained admission to global universities under the Equity Leaders Program to 754.

The global scholars will benefit from undergraduate scholarships from their host institutions valued at over USD 13,423,780 (Ksh 1,448,425,862) and are set to receive a token of between Ksh 100,000 to Ksh 200,000 from Equity Group to facilitate their preparation and travel to their host countries.

Of the 118, 20 scholars have been admitted to Ivy League Universities in the United States including Yale (4), Harvard (3), University of Pennsylvania (3), Princeton (1), Cornell (3), Dartmouth (2), Columbia (2) and Brown (2).

Commenting on the admissions, Equity Group Foundation Executive Chairman Dr. James Mwangi noted that there has been a significant growth in the number of ELP scholars admitted to various global universities on early admission. “Last year, 93 scholars had been admitted to global universities at a time like this, today, we are at 118 and counting with more scholars set to receive their admission letters within the next few weeks. In addition, 54 of these scholars have been admitted on full scholarships. We are grateful to the partnerships and collaborations we have with these global universities that offer our children an opportunity to study, have exposure to other top scholars from other countries and with different cultures thus creating global citizens.” said Dr. Mwangi.

ELP aims to empower young academically gifted scholars by supporting the students to apply for admission and full financial aid from universities around the world, as well as equipping them with leadership skills.

This is done through a 6-9 months paid internship program, mentoring and coaching and for those looking to gain admission to global universities, admission into a College Counselling Program that runs for 3 months where they are guided on the admission process and how to manoeuvre through a new education system.

Other than mentorship and leadership development, ELP is keen on spurring personal and professional development, creativity and innovation and community engagement amongst the scholars thus moulding them into forward thinking young professionals with a heart for community give back.

“We are quite confident that these scholars will represent Kenya well and will continue putting us on the map as a country with great minds and capabilities with the ability to contribute to global agenda and purpose-led impact,” added Dr. Mwangi.

Locally, ELP scholars have come together in their universities to establish ELP Chapters, associations that allow them to regularly interact, brainstorm and find new ways of doing things within their line of careers and for the benefit of society.

Established in 1998, the program has so far benefitted 17,040 scholars and has produced professional thought leaders including Equity Bank Uganda Managing Director, Samuel Kirubi who was the first ELP scholar, Dr. Elizabeth Gitau–Maina, the outgoing CEO of the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) and the Medical Officer in charge Equity Afia Upperhill, Anthony Siloiy, Senior Software Engineer at Dell EMC, Vincent Mukiri, Managing Partner of Mukiri Global Advocates,  Brian Mwiti, Senior Associate at Ethos Private Equity, Dr. Allan Makenzie, Associate Director, Global Sustainability and Government Affairs at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Ltd among many other ELP scholars.

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Dr. Gabriel Njue appointed Healthcare Limited CEO

Bliss Healthcare is also committed to giving back to the communities it serves through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities such as Medical Camps, free Health Talks, and Donations to children’s homes and so much more.

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Bliss Healthcare Limited has appointed Dr. Gabriel Njue as its Chief Operating Officer, taking over from Dr. Selepe Percival from South Africa.

Bliss Healthcare is the largest integrated network of outpatient Medical Centres in Kenya with 70 Medical Centres spread across 38 Counties in Kenya and serves over 80,000 patients monthly.

Dr. Gabriel Njue holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Science from the University of London, Post Graduate training in Healthcare Management from University of Georgia.

Dr. Njue brings with him a wealth of experience in Healthcare Management having previously served in Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi Women’s Hospital as Chief of Medical Service, Equity Afia as the Chief of Party, St Mary’s Mission Hospitals as Chief Executive Officer and Penda Health as the Head of Clinical Services.

Bliss Healthcare is exceptional in that besides offering the regular healthcare services of Doctor Consultation, X-Ray, Ultrasound, Well-Baby Clinic and Consultant Clinics, it has unique programs like Bliss at Home Services (Home consultations, delivery of drugs or pick up of lab samples), Telemedicine Services and Chronic Disease Management Program at very affordable rates.

Telemedicine is the delivery of health care services using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to bridge the physical distance between patients and health care providers. In pursuit of Quality and Affordable Healthcare for all and in the background of COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Bliss Healthcare started the Telemedicine Program in the year 2020 and is one of their biggest success stories.

Chronic diseases especially Hypertension and Diabetes are on the rise contributing to about 50% of disease burden globally.

The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Program at Bliss takes care of over 21,000 patients with various chronic illnesses.

Bliss Healthcare is in forefront, supporting the Government of Kenya’s initiative of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through providing affordable quality services spread throughout the country.

Bliss Healthcare is also committed to giving back to the communities it serves through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities such as Medical Camps, free Health Talks, and Donations to children’s homes and so much more.

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IDPs call for peace,unity ahead of 2022 polls

Addressing media in Nakuru,they observed that more work needs to be done by investigating and peace bodies in monitoring hate in the country to avoid a repeat of the 2007/08 post-election violence.

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The Patron of Kenya National Internally Displaced Persons Network Peter Tena at a past press conference in Nakuru.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Post-election violence victims in the country have warned that the current political environment risks polarizing the masses.

Addressing media in Nakuru,they observed that more work needs to be done by investigating and peace bodies in monitoring hate in the country to avoid a repeat of the 2007/08 post-election violence.

Led by Kenya Internally Displaced Persons Organisation Patron Peter Tena said, “the NCIC needs to hit the ground running and kickstart peace preaching in mapped hotspots areas in the country.”

He called on the commission to come up with measures to sensor notorious leaders ahead of next year’s polls saying the commission has no conviction of prominent leaders over hate.

Tena said this has allowed a number of leaders to continue preaching hate at the expense of Kenyan peace saying the same has to be stopped.

He called on the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to take charge of such cases and aid in investigating and producing suspects in court.

Meanwhile,he called for an independent police service saying there is massive interference from the political class.

According to him, leaders should embrace peace saying they are fully in support of the handshake between the president and former prime minister.

He called on the president to fulfill all Jubilee promises to IDPs saying they are still optimistic for the same.

Ruth Wanjera from TransNzoiaCounty, a victim called on the government to allow police to conduct their duties independently without interference ahead of next year’s polls.

She noted that police interference by the government and political leaders within regions has led to demoralization of the officers on the ground who work with free in line with the law for them to be independent.

“Unregulated theft in the country ignites a lot of conflicts which escalates to violence.Issues of cattle rustling in the country needs to be tamed ahead of the polls” she said.

She called on politicians to preach peace and constructive politics while crisscrossing the country to avoid polarizing the citizenry.

Sentiments echoed by Lucy Londoria who said peace was the only thing ahead of next year’s polls and that the current political environment is igniting memories of 2007/08 among victims.

She said Kenyans should not be polarized adding that youths have become more intelligent in voting.

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Kabazi MCA seeks inclusion of new clause in the Coffee Bill,2021

The clause,the MCA says will see agencies in marketing deduct certain amount from coffee farmers to be remitted back to counties as cess and directed to infrastructural development in coffee growing zones.

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Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae now seeks inclusion of a new clause in the Coffee Bill 2021.

This,he has made it official through a memorandum to the national assembly.

The clause,the MCA says will see agencies in marketing deduct certain amount from coffee farmers to be remitted back to counties as cess and directed to infrastructural development in coffee growing zones.

“I have submitted a memorandum to the National Assembly over the THE COFFEE BILL, 2021 seeking inclusion of a new clause that marketing agencies should deduct a percentage of monies from the farmers to be remitted back to the County Governments as Cess to be used for development of roads in the coffee growing areas” he said.

The vocal Nakuru MCA argued that  coffee brings in millions of shillings yet such areas have to compete with other areas for the meagre resources meant for roads upgrading.

 

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