Dennis Muya

Dennis Muya - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Officer
Organization: Ministry of Health-Reproductive and Maternal health Services
Current Location: Kenya, Africa.
BSc population Health from Kenyatta University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
MPH Epidemiology and Disease Control
Trainer of trainers in Family Planning
Resource mobilization
Dennis has done demand generation for FP commodities across the country in a number of counties. He spearheaded the registration of the Public Health Society of Kenya ;an initiative he started while at university to ensure FP needs are addressed – Alex Omari, Programs at Marie Stopes Kenya
Development of FP Guidelines, ASRH Policy development, MNH implementation plan , Costed Implementation planning for FP training Long acting reversible contraceptives, member of SBMR evaluation team. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I've been in the National Family planning program, ensuring that we provide quality and affordable family Planning service to any woman in Kenya who needs the services.
My contributions include:
1.Developing the new national documents such as National Family planning guidelines, Family planning costed implementation Plan, Medical Eligibility criteria for contraceptive -Kenyan version.
2. Focusing and Quantification for family planning commodities
3.Training more than 250 service providers on Long Acting and reversible Contraceptives

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was sparked by the high rates of maternal mortality in Kenya. The MMR is largely influenced by unintended pregnancy due to the high levels of unmet need for Family Planning,high teenage pregnancy rates and alarming cases of abortions. The rising population size versus the already constrained economy and health systems.

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

Most a times am the led facilitator in the LARC Training as well as representing the Ministry of Health in the high level meetings for decision making

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 will use the money to conduct research on how best to offer Family Planning services to regions with low Contraceptive prevalence rates. I will learn through the research what are the barriers and best ways to overcome the barriers to contraceptive uptake in such regions.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Issueing Certificate to a service provider after LARC training, Training A class of service providers on LARC insertion and removal skills, Advocating for the need to Public Health Society of Kenya regional chapters

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