David Mutatu

David Mutatu - 2016 Nominee
Position: Student Peer Educators President
Organization: Africa University
Implemented advanced condom distribution through hostels. Trained in Contraceptive Choices by PSZim. Trained on girl-child rights and empowerment. Leader of Peer Education club. A motivation to many. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have managed to be trained in contraceptive choices by PSZim and as well as girl child rights and empowerment. i have contributed my resources that is time in order to spread the information I have to the whole community through PN Club at Africa University.
I am the current president for the club and we have managed to do different projects in order to share the information we have as a club. We have managed to distribute condoms through our hostels on campus, teach students how to use the condoms, different contraceptive methods. we also did a Health fare and outreaches whereby we could educate students on Campus and as well as High School children who are yet to be exposed to the University life.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

After realizing my sociability skills and passion for Peers, decided to join a Peer Network club at Africa University. This is a group of students who discuss and come forth with solutions to different SRHR issues. The need also for me to stand and bring awareness to my community as well as reducing unwanted pregnancies, STI's and HIV/AIDS.
An ignorant community around me was one of the factors which sparked my passion for Family Planning.

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

one of the biggest challenge I have faced is an ignorant community that is an community that is resistant to change, however I'm overcoming this by doing a one to one peer talk which have proved fruitful. use of pictures and videos in presentations proved also colleagues to be responsive since peers would see reality as it is rather than just talking.
Another problem was lake of resources but have managed to overcome this through the help of PSZim which always supports us.

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

The biggest challenge is of religion/cults. Some churches have discouraged the use of contraceptive especially condoms there making people prone to HIV/AIDS and related diseases as well as poor Family Planning.
It can be addressed by continuing provision of education to the whole country clearly mentioning the benefits and disadvantages of each.

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

Make sure that Peers are aware of what is SRHR, Family planning, thereby having a educated generation thus reduction in STI's and as well as unwanted pregnancies.

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