Halima Abba Zaid Ali

Halima Abba Zaid Ali - 2016 Nominee
Position: Ms
Organization: DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung)
She is empowering young adolescents in Kenya with health life skills and establishing adolescent project clubs where they can be empowered hence helping them delay early pregnancies and marriages. – Nominator
She is a youth champion working with young people through DSW-Youth clubs in the rural community and supports issues of SRH&R. She is a role model and a mentor to many youth in my community in Kwal. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through advocacy work, i have been able to participate in family planning discussions and being part of TWG which developed SRH Manuals Women
Through various representation during International conferences, i have been able to share program best practices to inform Family Planning. This has been through participating in the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG 2014) in Brussels and during the International Conference of Family Planning in Nusa Dua Indonesia 2016.
Through my direct engagement in implementing Family Planning interventions in the field through DSW-Youth2Youth initiative and Young Adolescent Projects in Kenya.
Being actively involved in the Kilifi County Health Family Planning Technical working groups and making a case for both young adolescents and youth in the county.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In my community, most young girls often drop out of school due to early pregnancy and lack of information to keep them in school.Most of my age mates whom we grew up with have also been infected with HIV and are having many unplanned children whom they can't give good desirable life .Due to this dire situation, i have been able to mentor adolescents in school to have more decision making power about their health and choices. DSW Projects has given me a platform and audience to address SRHR

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

The biggest challenge has been, most people when they hear about young adolescents they often think that they are too young to need the sexual and reproductive health information and services especially Family Planning.There are young girls who have been sexually active and have given birth at 9 years and dropped out of school. The interventions we do have been able to engage the community, parents, health workers, teachers and local leaders during community dialogues to address the issues

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

The biggest challenge in my country is that; there exists family planning policies with the current being Adolescents sexual Reproductive Health policy launched in September, 2015 but most are not actualized. Working with young adolescents in schools, the Ministry of Education officials and teachers are not even aware or informed on the contents existing in the policies. There is need to plan and sensitize all sectors on the policies. This can be done through work place wellness programs

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

In the next five years, i would like to be a regional family planning ambassador who addresses the family planning needs of young adolescents and youth in my region. I would also like to establish a young adolescents safe space centres as part of my initiative where young people can openly discuss and share their sexual reproductive health and right needs without any problem. The safe space would be linked with a health facility where young people would get appropriate information and services

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