Edgar Ntensibe

Edgar Ntensibe - 2016 Nominee
Position: Online Communications Manager
Organization: Special Minds Initiative
In his words, he keeps telling me "Family planning is a choice we are all entitled to and therefore we should own up to responsibility for our actions in terms of reproductive and sexual health" – Cynthia Kyofuna, Peer educator at Reach A Hand
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I led the GeNext project, in 2015 at Reach A Hand Uganda, a youth-led organization and the aim of the project is to empower young people to make informed choices about family planning and their sexual and reproductive health (SRHR).

I managed to see to it that we reached out to over 10,000 young people, in school, with the age-proper knowledge on how to make best informed decisions about their sexual reproductive health.

As of today, I'm working with a talented group of young people at Special Minds Initiative, a youth-led organization, on a transformation of the livelihoods of young people through addressing the challenges of drugs and substance abuse that can cloud the proper judgement and decision making of one's sexual reproductive health and rights.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The ever-increasing number of children on the streets in my community and cases of child violence/mistreatment recorded all over my country adrenalized in me an urge to see to it that family planning isn't just talked about but also put into daily practice.

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

Voluntary choice of negativity amongst the people in my country when it comes to matters of family planning. This is in terms of verbal hostility towards the subject of family planning most especially amongst the older generation who believe family planning is here to hurt people, instead of helping them.

I've rolled out massive campaigns of social media advocacy supporting the daily implementation of family planning, alongside showing proof of it's works.

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

Dominance of a negative attitude towards family planning.

This challenge can be addressed through small-sized advocacy trainings or workshops, country-wide that are facilitated by the village health teams and professionals, district leaders and possibly, the religious leaders on ground. These trainings have to be quite regular, beginning at the lowest administrative levels of the nation so that they're reachable to all our citizens and people.

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

I want to see to it that many of the children on our streets today are off those streets as soon as possible, studying in school and progressing further in life.

I would also want to see to it that whoever is engaging in sex, actually does so well informed of the direct consequences of it like pregnancy and are ready plus well equipped to support the growth and development of their child(ren) wholesomely. This shall be able to tone down on the unwanted pregnancies we are experiencing today.

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