Holo Hachonda

Holo Hachonda - 2016 Nominee
Position: Technical Advisor
Organization: National AIDS Council (NAC) Zambia
Since his teenage years, Holo has demonstrated drive, passion and commitment to bringing family planning and reproductive health to the forefront of the national, regional and global agenda. – Natalie Jackson, Sr. Program Officer at Population Council
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Dedicated over 20 yrs of his life promoting SRHR for youth, women, girls in SSA:
- Mobilized youth & community leaders to tackle HIV & promote SRHR especially FP.
- Key in review of the Zambia National Family Planning Guidelines & development of Comprehensive Abortion Care Guidelines.
- Set-up SRHR programs, for youth, male engagement in FP & youth friendly health service in 38 countries in Africa under IPPF.
- Co-chaired the final drafting of Maputo Plan of Action-AU/UNFPA/IPPF-Africa Regional Office
- Empowered African NGOs (9 Countries) to submit RH/AIDS integrated commodities proposals in round 8 of the Global Fund
- Ran the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia for 3 yrs, member of The High Level Task Force for ICPD+ & a Zambian delegate to CPD negotiations at the UN

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was concerned with high levels of teenage pregnancies and school drop-out rates among girls in high density/poor communities and urban and rural communities in Zambia. My own family members had unplanned children that influenced their personal development path (mostly negative). There was also growing demand for HIV and Family Planning information and services among young people in different settings including faith-groups that glossed over discussions concerning human sexuality.

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

Traditional norms/beliefs that hindered discussion and access to family planning services were a major challenge in preventing access by young/single women and girls. The Mexico policy announced by President bush was also a challenge for funding. This was addressed by intensive national and community-based behavior and social change communication interventions including advocacy for enabling legislation and infrastructure for increased access by all. Advocated for SRHR integration in the SDGs

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

Funding for contraceptives and information services has been a challenge since the early 2002. Advocacy interventions at local, regional and global levels have mobilized partners and the ministry of health to increase resources for reproductive health and family planning. There is still need to increase method mix to widen choice of contraception for users. Unmet need for FP in Zambia is still over 40% thus the need to increase reach of information and services in rural communities.

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

Elimination of all forms of barriers to information and services especially for young single women, girls and key populations such as commercial sex workers is vital for the Zambian cause. Widening choice of contraceptives by increasing method-mix within public and private facilitates is also a key target. Integrated planning for HIV and SRH supplies and commodities would also increase access by leveraging available financing from both domestic and international sources.

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