Brian Kayongo

Brian Kayongo - 2017 Nominee
Position: Policy and Partnership Lead
Organization: Marie Stopes Zambia
Current Location: Lusaka
Bachelors of Science in Project Management from Chreso University Zambia
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Post graduate diploma in Project Management, Certificate in Youth Work Practice, Certificate in Global Health and a General Certificate of Education.

Also certified in the following courses; Certificate in Children Rights, Certificate in Executive Leadership, Trainers Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Certificate in Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting, Certificate in Behavior Change Communication for Youth, Trainers Certificate in Peer Education, Certificate in Life Skills Education , Certificate in Resource Development, Certificate in Medium and Small Scale Enterprise Development , Certificate in DATA Analysis Using Excel and Access Database, Certificate in Leadership and Governance, Certificate in Advocacy at NGO Level, Certificate in Multi-sectoral tool for Community Action & Leadership, Certificate in Long term Strategic Planning, Certificate in Grants Management and Compliance Certificate in Strategic, Financial Management- Management Accounting for NGOs and Trainers Certificate in Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Commonwealth Youth Gold Service Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Commonwealth Youth Programmes center for Africa
    Date Awarded:
    October 17, 2005
  • Award:
    National HIV/AIDS Marketplace innovation Award
    Awarding Organization:
    PACT Zambia
    Date Awarded:
    March 24, 2006
  • Award:
    Youth SRH Promising best practice Award
    Awarding Organization:
    African Youth and Adolescent on Population and Development ( AfriYan)
    Date Awarded:
    June 11, 2010
Brian has successfully mobilised at national and subnational level to secure government funding for adolescent FP services Leads the national Adolescent TWG and has helped pioneer the decentralisation of the group Secured MSZ advocacy programme – sarah shaw, head of advocacy at MSI
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2016, I led the advocacy to secure national budget allocation to adolescent health in the 2017 national budget as well as other bilateral funding to focus on adolescents and contraception. I also led the national advocacy to address the legal barriers for contraception access by adolescent girls.

After the sucessful advocacy;
- A budgetline on Adolescent Health was created with an initial allocation of $32,000
- Another $12,000,000 was included as part of the global fund country priority for adolescents and young women access to SRH/FP. Adolescent SRH TWGs were created at sub national level.
In terms of addressing the legal barrier;
- Our advocacy influenced the inclusion of the advocacy for change of legal age of consent for contraception from the current 16 years to 12 years.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Adolescent family planning has been my passion since my secondary school years as a result of increase in unplanned pregnancies and deaths resulting from unsafe abortions among school girls. This inspired me to pioneer a charity - adolescent health advocates and when i joined Marie Stopes Zambia, i also continued persuing the passion to ensure adolescents and young women access adolescent service by advocating for Adolescent specific budgetlines and addressing both program and legal barriers.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I coordinate trained Champions (2 chiefs, 8 jounalists, 3 religious leaders, 2 Civic leaders, and 5 youths) to champion Family Planning at sub-national level in the copperbelt province in Zambia. These champions have been tracking government budget and expenditures on FP and engaging decision markers in considering increased access to FP by adolescent girls.

At national level, i document evident through Policy briefs to engage with relevant TWGs and parliamentarians on adolescent FP.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Adolescent FP is a new focus for Zambia. I will use the platform to launch the country's adolescent FP agenda. This launch will help me mobilize more resources to document district specific data on teen pregnancies and use it to engage sub-national government structures to prioritize adolescent FP. With the reduction of donor funding for FP, there is need for government to secure domestic funding to FP and ensure accessibility as a way to address high adolescents pregancies and unsafe abortions.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Brian Kayongo training youth to be voices on contraception in Ndola -Zambia, , Brian Kayongo after training FP Champions who included; Chiefs, district education officers, media and youth to champion budget support for adolescent health in the 2017 national budget.

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