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USAID engages bodaboda riders to address SGBV and teenage pregnancies

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Boresha Jamii programme has partnered with Bodaboda Medical Ventures to engage bodaboda riders as agents of change in the fight against the triple threat of HIV infections, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and teenage pregnancies.

Speaking during an outreach programme in Kakamega, the chairman of Bodaboda Medical Ventures Steve Mwalati said that through support from USAID, they have engaged over 2500 bodaboda riders from Kakamega, Vihiga and Trans Nzoia Counties.

Mr Mwalati urged all members of the society to also partner in reducing cases of HIV infections, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and teenage pregnancies.

The Chairman noted that they are aiming to reach out to as many bodaboda riders as possible and especially those in rural areas who lack information.

He noted that most bodaboda riders are normally blamed for contributing to increasing cases of teenage pregnancies, noting that engaging them will help in addressing those cases.

This comes as Kakamega Governor’s Spouse Prof Janet Kasili Barasa intensifies the fight against the triple threat through her campaign by distributing sanitary towels and condemning the vice.

By Moses Wekesa

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