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Remmy Butia February 22, 2024


Traditional initiation involving circumcision remains an important topic among the Nandi people for several reasons.

Elders during the meeting

At the top of the list is the public health discourse and debates around prevention of initiates’ deaths. But initiation is also important because the practice is still relevant and employed in a range of rural and urbanising communities across the county and Kenya at large.

The County Departments of Health and Sanitation and that of Culture has started advocating for safe initiation. Earlier today, it held a cultural leaders (Nandi Kaburwo Elders, traditional and religious leaders) engagement meeting on safe male initiation practices. The traditional leaders openly endorsed and supported pre-initiation camps to educate and socialise boys and ensure stakeholder commitment to the safe operation of initiation spaces.

The objectives of the engagement meeting was to advocate for safe male circumcision practices, to review data on triple threat with focus on the boy child, to evaluate cultural practices in line with emerging diseases/conditions and to come up with a way forward on key recommendations.

Stanley Baliach, Chief Of Staff

The one day meeting was convened by the National Syndemic Diseases Control Council (NSDCC).

The elders called for dialogues at the community level to find ways on improving the health standards in the initiationprocesses. These dialogues should involve men and elderly women, parents and custodians of culture, in particular the duty bearers within the Traditional Leaders.

Dr David Bungei, County Director for Health

The County Government of Nandi accompanies and supports efforts to ensure the rite of passage is safe for our boys.

It does so by collaboratively finding practical, achievable and implementable measures to deal with challenges confronting Customary Male Initiation across the county.

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