Christine E Kapuya

Christine E Kapuya - 2019 Nominee
Position: Senior Project Officer - Youth and Disability
Organization: Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ)
Current Location: Zimbabwe, Africa
Master of Arts in Development Studies from Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
BSc (Hon) Psychology: Women's University In Africa, Zimbabwe
Executive Masters in Business Administration (current studies)
Disability and Family Planning: National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (NASCoH), Zimbabwe
Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health : Zimbabwe Family Planning Council (ZNFPC)
75 Public Votes Reached!
Mobilise for uptake of SRHR/Family planning by youth and disabled persons through removing barriers and increase accessibility by women and disabled people using appropriate IEC materials and activities. Developed demand generation strategies for all – Fredius Dzumbunu, Marketing and Communications Manager at Population Services Zimbabwe
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Removed barriers to accessing family planning services by youths and disabled persons. I managed to get key stakeholders buy-in for youth and disability programming. I facilitated for the training of my organization’s service providers to address judgmental attitudes as well as on how to communicate with youths and disabled persons. A transformation in the service provider attitudes towards youths and disabled persons seeking family planning services was also noted. Appropriate IEC materials were developed and distributed to youths and disabled persons and these addressed myths which hindered them from accessing services. There was a significant increase in the number of youths and disabled persons accessing services at our facilities from 4% to 10%.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (2015) indicated a teenage pregnancy prevalence rate of 22% and an unmet need of 12.6% for the 15-19 year olds which is quite alarming. I believe everyone should have children by choice, not chance but the youths and disabled were being discriminated in accessing family planning . This triggered my interest as l strongly felt l could use my skills to address this gap as youths are the future leaders and they need access to family planning services.

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

I ensure that barriers to accessing services by youths and disabled persons are addressed by mobilizing for resources which meet the needs of this constituency and making them accessible to the beneficiaries, for instance IEC material in braille, sign language dvds for the disabled. I formulate evidence based demand generation strategies to increase access to family planning by the youths and disabled persons and measure the impact to inform future strategies.

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? :

The new platform will help me to draw lessons from other countries for Best Practices in programming as there is still a big gap in youth and disability programming . I will use the money to host meetings with key stakeholders to track progress on the strategies to achieving Priority 2 of the FP2020 Commitment which focuses on youths . I will also set up a task force to mobilize for more resources to reach out to the youths and disabled in remote areas in collaboration with other organizations.

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Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Sensiting youths on family planning  Service provision in outreach tent

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