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Cedric Anil Muhebwa

Cedric Anil Muhebwa - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Analyst - Social Change Innovations
Organization: United Nations Population Fund
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Masters ICT Management, Policy & Architectural Design from Uganda Martyrs University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
2018 Uganda Martyrs University - Masters of Public Health (Population & Reproductive Health)
2009 Uganda Martyrs University - Bachelor of Science (Statistics & Computer Science)

Other certificates
- 2013 Family Planning 101 – Global Health eLearning Center by USAID’s Bureau of Global Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Baltimore, Maryland US
- 2016 US Abortion and Family Planning Requirements - Global Health eLearning Center by USAID’s Bureau of Global Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Baltimore, Maryland USA
- 2016 Social Franchising for Health - Global Health eLearning Center by USAID’s Bureau of Global Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Baltimore, Maryland USA
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Award - Contributor to Success Models for Family Planning Service Delivery
    Awarding Organization:
    Marie Stopes Internationl
    Date Awarded:
    February 26, 2017
  • Award:
    Outstanding Innovation Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Marie Stopes Uganda
    Date Awarded:
    July 18, 2014
75 Public Votes Reached!
Cedric is an ICT enthusiast, with specialty in leveraging ICT and innovation as an enabler in access to family planning. He led implementation of MarieTXT, an SMS based system for tracking uptake of family planning in Uganda. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2013, led the implementation of a mobile Powered Management Information System for Marie Stopes Uganda. The system enables real-time tracking reporting and communication with service providers in an easy, fast and freeway with use of an SMS. The system has enabled Marie Stopes to the uptake of family planning services offered using vouchers in over 425 private facilities in 87 districts across Uganda. Since 2013, over 500, 000 family planning, STI/HIV. Maternal health services have been offered to clients tracked using the system. 70% of the services are family planning services while 81% of those are Long term family planning services. 2015 - 2016, I led the restructuring of the Marie stopes BlueStar Network and created efficiencies improving performance of the network by 60%

What sparked your passion for family planning?

At an early age I was able to learn that my mother was using modern contraception for family planning. It enabled her to have the children that our family could raise. To me, this exposed the power a woman can have to make the right choices for her family and generation. Having realized the importance at early age, when I grew up I switched my career from a typical IT specialist to family planning programmer who is able to use innovation and find solutions to quality access family planning.

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

At my current role, as a leadership initiative offered guidance and possible solutions to improving the delivery of Family Planning services in Uganda, through leveraging capacities of the private sector. I have also been part of the internal UNFPA Global team of framing a call for sourcing family planning innovations within the organization. I have been part of the Marie Stopes Global community of practice for VOucher Schemes for Family Planning and Maternal health services.

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? :

An innovations leader in my line of work, this will be an opportunity for me to showcase the innovations at hand, particularly in family planning. The grant will enable to find other platforms to showcase innovation in improving the delivery of family planning

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