Halima Lila

Halima Lila - 2017 Nominee
Position: Co-Founder and Director of Hope Centre Tanzania, Co-Founder & Co-Chair Tanzania Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health (TAYARH) Coalition and Gender & Youth Activist
Organization: Hope Centre Tanzania and TAYARH
Current Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Masters in Development Studies/MPH from University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Masters in Development Studies/MPH
Dissertation Topic: Perception of risk for HIV amongst South African University students: The impact of the MTV film “SHUGA”
BA Honours Degree (Development studies)
Course Work:Community Development, AIDS and Development, Social Problem, Development Management and Theories of Social Transformation
BA (Women’s & Gender Studies and Sociology)
Course Work: Women’s and Gender studies, Sociology, Ethics, History and Political Studies
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Golden Key International Honour Society
    Awarding Organization:
    University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Award:
    Awarding Organization:
    International AIDS Society (IAS)
  • Award:
    Certificate of Evaluation of Award
    Awarding Organization:
    The Tanzania Commission for University
Mobile contraceptive interventions in the communities with low usage of FP. She trains and empowers youth on FP demand creation. Engage and involve boys and men in FP interventions in communities with low FP usage. – Patricee Douglas, Medical Doctor , Women's and Girls' Heath and Rights Activist at SRHR Adventures with Dr.Pat
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Remote setting communities are still not using contraceptives because it’s inconvenient to get them for free at the health facilities, and that getting FP around pharmacies and provision stores costs money. They also fear being judged negatively and the idea of going to health facilities for contraceptives makes them feel like they are sick. Decided to take contraceptives to the community. Launched of “mobile contraceptive intervention” by going to the communities and provide the FP information and services. Active adolescents and youth that trained and empower them with knowledge to support their peers when they need help on the information, access and usage. Engage and involve men it’s been a game changer during mobile intervention.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

There is increase numbers of adolescents and young people experience unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortions, school dropout, pregnancy-related mortality and morbidity and sexually transmitted infections included HIV. Improving access to and use of contraceptive needs to be key component of an overall strategy to preventing these problems. I decided to promote and create demand for FP among young people especially in limited settings in Tanzania.

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

Coordination and manage Mobile FP intervention activities by conducting advocacy and health education on FP to Dar es Salaam and Morogoro 4000 school students with focus on engaging them as agents of change in their communities on the issues of FP, prevention of child marriage and teenage pregnancies. Able to conduct sensitization, dialogue and advocacy meetings which involved 1500 boys and men on importance of men involvement and their partners to access FP information, services and supplies.

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? :

In Tanzania; Modern contraceptive use among 15-19 years remains low at 13% even though one in every four young married women age 15-19 years have a desire to use contraception but are not using any method.$1000 Will use in a continuation of mobile FP intervention among young girls in remote settings in Tanzania. This will help young girls to access FP information, services and supplies to make informed decisions towards their future plans.

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