I am Okoth Onyango, a Level 3 students of Dental Surgery at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. I am a volunteer with RESPEKT, and also serve as the Chapter Co-Ordinator for the University of Nairobi. My role involves, among many others, ensuring my team has the most conducive environment to deliver on their mandate, and that they benefit maximally from volunteering with RESPEKT. I believe in people development and continuous capacity building as a tool for sustainable development in any sector, and endeavor to achieve this within every space that I occupy or I’m part of.
Besides RESPEKT, I serve as the President, Dental Students’ Association of Kenya (the umbrella body for all students of Dental Surgery in Kenya) and as the Student Volunteer Coordinator for Pokea Afya Foundation (an organization that focuses on delivering free, quality healthcare to communities living within slum and rural settings). My interests fall within advocacy, policy, administration and governance; and as such, have been involved at the national level on initiatives touching on youth policy reviews, proposal writing and grant management, fighting graft, drugs and substance abuse, sexual and gender-based violence, Universal Health Coverage etc.
I am a Pan Africanist, and it remains my singular pleasure to serve my generation and give those coming after me a better start and chance at life.