George Ouma

George Ouma - 2016 Nominee
Position: Regional Programme Coordinator- CHP,MSCPH
Organization: DSW
He has been working closely with the local health facilities and health care providers at County level to ensure that he makes a case for family planning and supports youth friendly health centers – Halima Ali, Project Coordinator at DSW
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

For 8 years have led and participated in development of 5 family planning interventions geared towards increasing uptake FP services and commodities for youth and women. Coordinated the implementation of 5 FP intervention for beneficiaries in rural and informal settlements to increase utilization. Participated in review and development of Family planning/RH action plans, M&E and policies; Coordinated service providers training; developed youth demand creation for FP. Finally as a FP champion presented best practices and research findings to policy makers at county, national and conferences shaping Kenyas policy and financing for FP. As a public health specialist i will present a study report on factors influencing male involvement in safe motherhood/FP - focus on religious influence.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Poverty stricken families struggling to raise children and unable to send their children to school. Deaths that could be prevented if family planning was to be used especially maternal and child mortality. Having worked with young peopled for over 10 years i know family planning can guarantee their future. I am alive because my mother spaced us well. Nationally the government can save a lot of resources and prioritize to other areas if FP were to be utilized.

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

Cultural myths and misconceptions, religion and gender norms: - Educations, training and sensitization. Involvement of religious leaders and men, advocacy with opinion leaders
Inadequate human resource to provide services in time: - Training for human resource, lobbying for deployments, contracts for additional.
Inadequate information, communication and education; - awareness creation, training for youth champions, development of messages

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

Low responsiveness to FP by youth: Creating demand and mobilization of young people especially youth mothers to access FP services and education - youth friendly services

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

Awareness about FP is about 985 for young people in Kenya but the utilization is about 60% i.e 6 out of 10 youth use FP for sexually active unmarried youth. the same cannot be said for sexually active married youth who only about 40% use FP. Increase uptake of FP services among young people aged 15-25 year by at least 20%. Training youth FP champions to mobilize and advocate for utilization, Using social media platform to mobilize young people and strengthen youth friendly services delivery.

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