Evode MBABAZI - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Manager
Organization: Tantine Rwanda
Current Location: KIGALI, Rwanda
University of Rwanda from School of Medicine and Pharmacy
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Principal Investigator: Social Determinants of Unmet Need for Family Planning in The Southern Province Of Rwanda: Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study (2019)
2. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Policy, Governance and Financing (SRHR POL), Mauritskade 63, 1092 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands
3. Strategies of Advocacy for Adolescents SRHR services including Family Planning, International Medical Cooperation Committee (IMCC), Denmark
4. Family Planning Programming - Elements of Success: summarizes the core factors contributing to success in family planning programming
5. Contraception and sexual health: Introduction to postpartum contraception, Global health e-learning Center (2017)
6. 'Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Understanding', The Network University, Oostenburgerpark 8, 1018 HT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    The best Practices for Adolescents SRHR Education in Africa
    Awarding Organization:
    Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), Flinders University, Darwin_Northern Territory of Australia.
    Date Awarded:
    September 10, 2019
  • Award:
    FAIMER Fellow 2018
    Awarding Organization:
    Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, Limerick, Republic of Ireland
    Date Awarded:
    August 15, 2018
  • Award:
    Adolescents SRHR Education in context of Global Citizenship Education (GCED)
    Awarding Organization:
    Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), under the auspices of UNESCO, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea
    Date Awarded:
    June 2, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
He is a Medical doctor with eight years of experience in promoting family planning among underserved people from rural areas. Most recently, he coordinated E-Health for Refugees project intended to bolster family planning among 250,000 refugees. – Sylvain MUZUNGU Hirwa, Managing Director at Tantine Rwanda
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2013, I coordinated Youth Education Activities on Health in Rwanda (YEAH-Rwanda) project that equipped 9,700 young adolescents from southern province and Kigali city with fundamental SRHR information. Additionally, as a member of International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), we have implemented a project entitled “Raising Awareness on Rights and Access to Family Planning in Rwanda” which has reached 7,230 young adolescents in high schools with SRHR education.
Most recently, under the auspice of UNFPA, as Tantine Rwanda Program Manager, I have coordinated E-health for Refugees project which empowered 17,300 Burundian refugees in Mahama refugee camp with comprehensive and reliable SRHR information including Family Planning via Tantine mobile apps.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In Rwanda, 17,500 young girls aged 16-19 are getting unwanted pregnancies every year. Of those, 52% drop out of the school, others are engaged in early and forced marriage, others are dying of unsafe abortion; the human rights of impregnated girls are being violated indeed. My passion for family Planning is ignited by my strong ambition to contribute to reduction of teenage pregnancy in order to uphold girls’ right to education and reawaken their full potential in schools and at community level.

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

I am the forefront Family planning advocate. I always sensitize and motivate my fellow youth to join the movement. Most importantly, I never walk alone! The team working, eager to learn and sharing experience with teammates are my core values. I am bringing up the new innovative methodologies. As a matter of fact, I am currently coordinating an ongoing project named “Tantine Playing cards”, the project that is using special educative playing cards to open family conversations around sexuality.

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? :

$1,000 will significantly change my community. I am intending to use the fund to establish “Youth Contraception Movement”, the platform through which youths themselves will take the lead in carrying out advocacy for the most pressing SRHR challenges they are facing with including legalization of abortion and right to accessible family planning methods of their choice.

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