Daniel Oyom

Daniel Oyom - 2016 Nominee
Position: Youth Officer
Organization: Reproductive Health Uganda
Oyom Daniel is a passionate, young advocate on SRH, Family planning and has worked at local, national, regional and international levels with the I Decide Campaign. – immediate past YAM president for East African subregion. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In an effort to ensure access to Family planning information and services to the rural community, i donated land to Reproductive Health Uganda to expand her scope of service provision and this saw many young mothers and single ladies getting access to information and making informed choices on when and how many children to have. As a result, this has increased the health of the mothers, their children and the husbands as there is enough time to look after the family and cater for their needs and this as also increase the productivity in the communities.
Also coordinated the I decide campaign launched by IPPF which was a call for action to the support and prioritize SRH by leaders, governments and relevant stakeholder in the Post 2015 development agenda .

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As one of the leaders of Reproductive Health Uganda, I was greatly influenced by the increase of unwanted pregnancies among adolescents living with HIV, the discrimination of key populations, making difficult access to SRHR service. It was impossible to sit idle.
Believing in the potential of young women and the challenges they face due to the unmet needs of family planning gave me a passion to work on addressing all the issues relevant to family planning.

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

The biggest challenge is the Negative perception by people on Family Planning that it causes birth of abnormal children and it can also lead to cancer. This can be addressed through mass sensitization on family planning and its importance to parents, community and Uganda as a nation and this sensitization should start from the national level up to the grass roots.

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

The biggest challenge remains on the availability, accessibility and affordability of youth friendly family planning services. This has resulted in most young people shunning away from accessing family planning services.we have successfully advocated for more space for the young people at the different health facilities to increase on the access of adolescent youth friendly family planning services and influence policy makers to prioritize family planning in all plans.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I would want to contribute to the increased uptake of family planning services especially by young woman and girls as they are the most affected in most countries. This will be achieved through having a youth friendly and youth based family planning center where young people freely gather to receive and share family planning information and services without coercion, and discrimination, strategic partnerships and use of social media platforms to reach to the young people.

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