SCORA

Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS.


Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS (SCORA) is a gathering of passionate individuals who are committed to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights and are arduous about creating positive change in their local communities.

History

The Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS was formed in 1992, driven by a strong will to take an active part in interventions concerning HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to support people living with HIV/AIDS through working to decrease stigma and discrimination. It constitutes one out of the six Standing Committees of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association which serve as the Body of all Medical Students worldwide. SCORA with a large number of members-SCORAngels as they are called, have grown wide in its work, centered around five focus areas strongly related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. In 2014, the name of SCORA changed from Standing Committee on Reproductive Health including AIDS to Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS as it is adequate in terms of topics and problems that SCORA is targeting in its actions.In 2019, the full name of SCORA was changed to Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS, to better reflect the work developed by the Committee and distinguish the differences between HIV and AIDS.

SCORA Focus Areas

Comprehensive Sexuality Education: SCORA is highly committed to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health through education.
Maternal Health and access to safe abortion: Our aim is to raise awareness among our members about maternal and newborn health issues including topics like obstetric violence, family planning, breastfeeding, access to antenatal care and ending stigma and discrimination towards abortion collaborating with our external partners like  Ipas to train medical students as advocates for access to safe abortion in our SRTs.
Sexuality and gender identity: IFMSA promotes positive sexuality and is one of the first youth organizations officially committed, by accepting Policy Statement, to end stigma and discrimination in access to healthcare of LGBT+ individuals.
Gender-Based Violence: SCORAngels are committed to fight against violence(physical, mental or social)  including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual harassment, human trafficking and domestic violence.
HIV and other STIs: IFMSA is the part of The PACT which is a coalition of youth organizations to end AIDS epidemic in the Post-2015 Agenda. We are collaborating with Y+, The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS to conduct together campaigns for the most important SCORA International Days.

Structure of MSAKE SCORA

SCORA Kenya is headed by the National Officer SCORA, who is currently Barbara Nyaga from Egerton University.

They assist the National Officer in the execution of the national campaigns and the local officers when they need any assistance in planning logistics related to their local campaigns.

1.Duncan Gwaro - UoN-SCORA General Assistant
2.Laura Jebet - JKUAT-Publicity Officer
3.Richa Chudasama - External Affairs Officer

They are in charge of coordinating the activities in their local universities.
They are as follows;

1.Lavine Ogada-Local Officer, UoN
2.Anne Nyagichuhi-Local Officer, K.U.
3.Tony Kiprono-Local Officer, JKUAT
4.Sarah Murabula-Local Officer, Egerton
5.Gloria Kimani-Local Officer, Moi
6.Emmaculate Chepkemoi-Local Officer, Uzima
7.Klaus Derrick-Local Officer, Maseno
8.Esther Kibor-Local Officer KeMU
9.Hafswa Khamis Nassor-Local Officer MKU