Charles Tumwebaze

Charles Tumwebaze - 2019 Nominee
Position: Executive Director, Public Health Specialist
Organization: Together Alive Health Initiative
Current Location: Uganda
Masters of science in Public Health from International Health Science university
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of science in medical laboratory technology
Certificate in provision of youth friendly services
Certificate in monitoring and evaluation, UMI
Certificate in child protection policy
Certificate in health budget monitoring, tracking and analysis
75 Public Votes Reached!
Charles leads a team of young people that sensitize young people on the importance of family planning, an average of about 10,000 young people are reached with his interventions. He also owns a clinic that offers. Free FP among young people. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a youth champion for family planning in Uganda, under the I rise program, a program by UNFPA to promote family planning among young people in Uganda. With this program, am able to reach a minimum of 10,000 people directly and indirectly with relevant information on family planning. The program has enabled me to engage with policy makers to formulate friendly policies that rigthly speak to young people's needs on family planing. I was part of the leadership team that ran a campaign in 2016 where we petitioned the prime minister of Uganda to create a multi sectoral approach to end teenage pregnancies. I have used my medical knowledge and experience to create space (clinic) for people to access information and services on family planing, this project reaches 100 people monthly.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

During my medical practice in 2013, I encountered many cases of young girls and women with unwanted and unintended pregnancies. These women did not have the adequate information regarding family planning, they did not know what to do, and those who did, couldn't be permitted by their husbands and fiancés to use family planning. This pushed me to start a youth led organization that would reach more people with information on family planning including key stake holders that influence policies.

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

Being a health worker and an advocate at the same time, I use these platforms to share with my clients the importance and benefits of family planning. I openly tell them that am a proud consumer of it, and they should follow suit. I also use line stream and social media platforms to share with the public information on sexual and reproductive health.

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? :

I would use the platform to learn best practices from fellow winners. I would use the grant to create a more equipped space where young people can have access to information and services on family planning

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