Evans Ouma

Evans Ouma - 2019 Nominee
Position: Programs Manager
Organization: Stretchers Youth Organization
Current Location: Kenya, Africa
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    ICFP Travel Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for population and Reproductive Health/International Conference on Family Planning committee
    Date Awarded:
    July 23, 2018
  • Award:
    Coast Region Young Human Right Advocate
    Awarding Organization:
    Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI)
    Date Awarded:
    December 10, 2013
  • Award:
    Opportunity Grant Live Pitch
    Awarding Organization:
    AmplifyChange during ICFP 2018 Kigali Rwanda
    Date Awarded:
    November 12, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Evan's is the rising crop of youth leaders and influencers in FP investments advocates in Kenya. Working at the county level, he was instrumental in ensuring Monbasa county develops its FP costed implementation plan 2018-2022 – Peter Ngure , Deputy director at Amref health Africa
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2017-2018, I trained other youths on budget and strategic policy advocacy mechanisms. I led other youths in developing policy memorandums to be submitted during public participation hearings. The memorandum led to the development of costed implementation plan-FP 2018-2022 launched in July 2018. I advocated for the development of Mombasa youth strategy on SRH 2018-2022, the 1st ever in Kenya which was to address high teenage pregnancies. My efforts accorded me to sit in technical working group on SRH in the county where I represent the interests of youths to key policymakers/stakeholders. I was able to share my abstract of best practices on policy advocacy in ICFP 2018 in Kigali Rwanda and privileged my abstract to be among the ones to likely feature in Bill and Melinda gates journal.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My two sisters who got pregnant as early as 15 and 16 years are my inspiration to advocate for SRH/FP services, information and commodities. They got pregnant at an early age which forced them to drop out of school. Their stories (part of articles attached) gives me strength every day to wake up in the morning in ensuring girls and women have access to SRH/FP services and information so as they can make informed choices in life.

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

I have trained about 20 community-based organizations on strategic policy advocacy and budget advocacy to effectively engage key policymakers to take political actions in allocating resources and developing policies that reflect young people SRH/FP needs especially girls and women. I also mobilize youth leaders within Mombasa County in developing memorandums to be submitted during public participation hearings which have led to FP costed implementation plan 2018-2022 developed and launched

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? :

Building adolescents’ and young people capacities on strategic policy and budget advocacy to engage key policymakers is key for me and this fund will go a long way in achieving that. I will continue mobilizing grassroots organizations, develop progressive alliances to enable sustainable SRH/FP funding and programming at regional, national and global space. As a youth centre coordinator, I will use a portion of the grant to equip the facility to create a safe spaces for youths to access SRH/FP

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