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Dr. Costase Ndayishimiye

Dr. Costase Ndayishimiye - 2019 Nominee
Position: Policy& advocacy committee at Commonwealth Youth Council ( CYC ), Member of UN Youth Strategy, Women Deliver Young Leader, Global Goodwill Ambassador, Principal Co-founder of Strive for Health-Rwanda
Organization: Strive for Health-Rwanda
Current Location: Rwanda, East Africa
Medicine from University of Rwanda /College of Medicine and Health Sciences ( CMHS )
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
- Sexual repeoductive health and rights digital university by the Women Deliver (NY, USA), “ modules covered are: sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and sustainable development, communication and media, advocacy and youth engagement, and grant proposals and financial stewardship”

-Public health in humanitarian crisis by JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: “ a ten (10) modules course. In order to be awarded this certicate of Public Health in Humanitarian Crises, Costase’ peer-graded assignment entitled: “Complex Humanitarian Crises in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)”, focused on sexual violence among the challenges that keep the women of the DRC from fulfilling their full potential in family planning. However, his work was graded 100% marks by peers".

-Global health policy by the UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO: “The course modules focused on global health policy and governance, universal health coverage (UHC), and sustaining good health with equity at low cost".

- International organisations management by the UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA: “ The course modules focused on introduction to international organizations, the shifting context for international organizations, leadership in the UN System, public private partnerships, and marketing & fundraising.

- Essentials of youth policy by the PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE IN THE FIEL OF YOUTH: “Followed the course from 8 October to 18 November 2018, it equiped learners with the basic competences to engage in youth policy. Participants learned about the essential elements of youth policy, the steps of youth policy (development, delivery, evaluation), its impact in the lives of young people, and they reflected on their future steps in youth policy”.
-Training of trainers on Family planning advocacy strategy by the Medical students association of Rwanda (MEDSAR) in cooperation with IMCC (International Medical Cooperation Commitee)-Rwanda
-HIV /AIDS awareness by Rwanda Village Concept Project ( RVCP ) in partnership with BVDA (Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad )

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Global Youth Leadership Award 2019, Kathmandu City, Nepal
    Awarding Organization:
    Global Youth Parliament
    Date Awarded:
    April 26, 2019
  • Award:
    Young Leader and Champion for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls, 2018/New York, USA & International conference on family planning ( ICFP 2018) video contest winner ( Kigali City, Rwanda )
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver and icfp2018 respectively
    Date Awarded:
    November 15, 2018
  • Award:
    Commonwealth trophy for Commowealth international youth-taskforce that planned and executed the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting ( CHOGM ) 2018 (London, United Kingdom )
    Awarding Organization:
    The Commonwealth Secretariat ( ComSec )
    Date Awarded:
    April 15, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
With over 5 years’ experience serving with global leading policy/advocacy organisations , Costase has advocated the existence of glossary of sexual and reproductive health terms that lack in glossary of terms used by people with hearing disabilities – Sadiki Kwitonda , Sexual and reproductive health program coordinator at Strive for Health-Rwanda
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Sponsored by the Uni of Rwanda, Costase was successful through a research project among 49,000 women on their perceptions and attitudes related to family planning use ( in a historically indigenous community ). He investigated causes of FP non-use, and explored factors to influence behavior shifts in favor of FP and smaller family size. His work was recognized by policymakers including the Rwanda Ministry of Health, NGOs, Researchers, etc.
Sponsored by the Women Deliver (USA), he run an advocacy project to remove communication barriers facing over 200,000 people with hearing impairments (PLHDs) when seeking FP/SRH services due to dependency on Rwandan signs language lacking proper terms on FP/SRH. He created a SRHR terms glossary so as to maximize FP use, access to SRHR services & CSE.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Costase' passion for FP came while he was in high school after that he missed a lovely fellow classmate who dropedout school because of unwanted pregnancy and later died probably of septic abortion after consulting traditional healers who helped through unsafe abortion. Costase was shocked to hear about the lovely girl who lost her life for thing that could have been prevented before, and then he dedicated to work on FP so as to empower youth with FP knowledge and advocacy for underseved.

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

Costase does FP/SRHR advocacy for underserved, researches and organizes events. For example, he recently hosted the ICFP 2018 satellite events which engaged over 4,502 youth, men and women in one of the largest rural indigenous communities in Rwanda. The event used film to demonstrate the role of FP in the family, society and country, then addressed community-specific sociocultural barriers that oppose FP, and he encouraged youth to advocate for FP and work to change traditional attitudes.

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? :

200,000+ Rwandese with hearing disabilities (PLHDs) face barriers to access FP service due to dependency on signs languages that lack proper terms on FP/SRH. However, I've coordinated with concerned people including signs language interpreters by developing a glossary on missing terms. $1000 grant will be used to disseminate the SRHR terms glossary, to develop a digital dictionary and a mobile app. All items to be used widely to improve PLHDs' access to FP/ SRH services and in schools for CSE.

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