ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MICHAEL IRUNGU MAINA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
University of Nairobi Kenyatta National Hospital Campus | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3
" To be a part of such an illustrious fellowship provides me with a good opportunity to make an impactful change in my campus. Moreover, I will be able to work with other like-minded young people and exchange ideas. By working together, the synergy created will maximize the benefits students in our campus will have from this program. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Sexual & Reproductive Health for Youth
My project focuses on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR)-related health education and facilitating the provision of condoms to students at the University of Nairobi KNH campus. The SRHR areas of focus are GBV, HIV/AIDS, contraception, maternal health, teenage pregnancy, and menstrual hygiene. The health education took place through social media networks such Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
A needs assessment was done with university and high school students to determine the areas of focus. Afterwards a social media campaign is on the way. I was able to partner the University of Nairobi Public Health Club,
The University of Nairobi administration also agreed to consistently provide condoms to student hostels every Friday. So far, the condoms have been constantly replenished during the weekend. An attempt was made to partner with the Nairobi Metropolitan Service Adolescent and Youth SRH department to supplement condoms and offer short-term and long-term contraception services but my efforts bore no fruit.
About the Millennium Fellow
Michael Irungu Maina is a medical student at the University of Nairobi. His passion lies in public health as he believes that healthcare should be equitable and the public should have a central participatory role in it. Additionally, Michael is a sexual and reproductive health rights, and justice advocate who serves as the Kenya country coordinator for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP). To make a change in his community, city and country, Michael founded the Kenya Reproductive Health Youth Foundation to ensure the youth have access to quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health services.