Bashir Kabuye

Bashir Kabuye - 2016 Nominee
Position: GeNext Project Manager
Organization: Reach A Hand Uganda
Certificate of Participation in the Reach A Hand Uganda Peer Educators Academy Certificate of Service in the Reach A Hand Uganda Peer Educators Academy GeNext Project Lead Person – Bakshi Asuman, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Programs Manager at Reach A Hand Uganda
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Youth friendly services and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights advocate mainly across Social Media sites. GeNext project manager at Reach A Hand Uganda, a project that aims at advocating for small and manageable families through the use of contraceptives. I have also been part of the team which implemented a project on Abortion which aimed at addressing a end to abortion stigma.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I wish to wake up one day when the whole world is full of families that can feed, educate and live happily together. Family planning is the answer. That dream sparked my passion for family planning. A world where young people access family planning services without getting stigmatized, when they are in better position to personalize the different family planning methods to fit their lifestyles or needs. I believe this is possible.

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

In the kind of community ive grown up from ( staunch muslim community), family planning services are considered to be unholy and at some instances, they are marked as western culture methods that aim at killing africans. Also the different myths and misconceptions attached to the methods like they cause cancer to women. I've overcome such by holding community sensitisation and advocacy meetings with leaders to clear the myths and misconceptions around the family planning methods.

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

Lack of youth friendly centers or corners at the different health facilities in Uganda. This has continued to affect the accessiblity of family planning services among young people and the best way to address it is by holding advocacy meeting with different stakeholders to urge respect for sexual and reproductive health rights of the young people

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