Pampers-wearing Eldoret-based gospel musician William Getumbe has intensified his health and environment sensitization campaigns.
Getumbe who doubles as a health and environment activist has been moving around highly populated urban areas wearing pampers in a mission to address the stigma that men with health challenges face.
He has been captured multiple times in Eldoret markets wearing pampers as he spreads the message that it is not wrong for a man with fistula or diabetes to wear pampers – usually won by children who cannot control the flow of urine or poop.
With the campaign gaining momentum, Getumbe has now shifted focus to institutions of higher learning.
On March 7, 2023, the health and environment activist took the sensitisation to Masinde Muliro University in Kakamega County.
Aside from fighting the stigma facing men with health conditions, he is also advocating for environmental conversation.
Environment and health
“I am reaching out to people with different health conditions like diabetes cancer and fistula because in African culture an elderly to wear pampers is unheard of. There’s a lot of stigma for such people,” Getumbe says.
“I’m also doing environment sensitisation since it’s key for our health,” he adds.
Aside from Masinde Muliro University, the Eldoret-based gospel musician has already engaged students from Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI), The Eldoret National Polytechnic and the University of Eldoret in his sensitization campaign.
He also took the sensitization to Kakamega Town centre before proceeding to Mumias.
The singer is also expected to visit Bungoma County in part of his mission to end the stigma on people wearing pampers.
But even as he takes the campaign to the young generation that forms a majority of the Kenyan population, Getumbe is challenging government and non-governmental institutions to support his efforts.
Getumbe first gained nationwide attention after revealing that he bed wets.
It is after the highly publicised admission that he launched the campaign.