Anne Mutsami

Anne Mutsami - 2016 Nominee
Position: Community health worker
Organization: Hope creations
Anne has been creating demand for FP in Viwandani slusm. She has reached over 4500 young mother with FP information and reffred them for services in health facilities. trained them in crafts for incme – Jane Otai, Senior Program Advisor at Jhpiego
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have helped 4500 women aged 15-40 years access the family planning services within the project period.With the help of TUPANGE ,I managed to organise a beauty pageant dubbed 'walk hii life na FP' meaning 'walk this life with family planning. 700 women benefited in various services during this event.The broadcast media was present during this event which helped to amplify more about the importance of family planning uptake.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Living in an informal settlement, where many people live in poverty, there is increase of birth rates,crime,drug and substance abuse and lack of employment hence increasing higher chances of reproductive health issues.I was touched by a certain family in my community where a mother was getting a baby after every 11 months, which led to the husband neglecting her. I took initiative to teach her on family planning and my passion to help more women started then.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

-Myths and misconception especially from some communities and religions i.e the Muslims.
-I have overcome this by creating a good rapport with the Muslim leaders who gave me a platform to teach their women on the importance of family planning through focused group discussions,open air meetings and door to door sensitization in their residence.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

-Migration of people from rural to urban is a challenge in my city because the women have no knowledge on family planning hence still believe in myths and misconceptions on family planning.
-I would recommend that the project continues so that more people will acquire the right knowledge and affordable family planning services.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

-I would like to reach more women especially in the rural areas to dimistify the misconceptions on family planning uptake.
-I would also like to reach out to more men who are also key role players in supporting their women in family planning uptake.

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