Humphrey Nabimanya

Humphrey Nabimanya - 2016 Nominee
Position: Founder and Team Leader
Organization: Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU)
Mr. Nabimanya is a true ASRHR ambassador. Through his exceptional passion and drive, RAHU has grown to become a key ASRH actor in Uganda using innovative approaches to advocate and push the FP agenda. – Ane-Kirstine Bagger Birnbaum, Program Officer at Embassy of Sweden, Uganda
His created a platform that breakdowns social taboos around talking about sex and RH for youth using creative pathways such as drama, social media, TV shows, flashmobs & celebrities. – Eve Omala, Director of Operations at Segal Family Foundation
Humphrey’s passion for young people drove him to start up and develop Reach A Hand to empower them with information and skills regarding their sexual health and rights. Innovative, critical thinker. – Nominator
Besides strong, youth-led advocacy, RAHU provides youth with comprehensive, up to date, evidence-based information on FP & SRHR in general via social media and face to face via qualified peer educators, while linking them with youth-friendly services. – Jo Reinders, Technical Advisor at Rutgers
This is a young person reaching thousands of other young people in Uganda schools. I have mentored many people but he stands out. He has ability to relate, advocate, broadcast, and mentor young people – Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, Founder and ED at Nyaka
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

For 5 years, I have led a team of dynamic young people under Reach A Hand, Uganda (RAHU), an organization I founded in 2010 to empower fellow young people through diversified youth empowerment programs with emphasis on sexual reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Through RAHU, we have embarked on different family planning advocacy campaigns for example community and school outreaches, peer learning sessions and intergenerational dialogues where we have used innovative sensitization strategies for example social media platforms, street casts, music, dance and drama. To date, through RAHU, we have directly reached over 210,256 males &346,125 females within schools, carried out over 5000 Focused Group Discussions & reached out to over 800,881 youth out of school.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Family planning remains a topic no one seems to be interested in talking about. Uganda has over 78% of its population being youth below the age of 24 years. This makes it the youth capital of the world. This makes it extremely defenseless to unintended pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, early marriages, and sexually transmitted infections. Therefore, I founded RAHU as a platform to pause and reflect on the family planning effects of such a youthful population by analyzing problems and providing solutions

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

I have faced a challenge of communicating with young people whose general knowledge about family planning in Uganda is terribly low. This limited understanding of sexual health and rights among youth is a major obstacle that restricts them to understand and finally access contraception and other family planning services. However, ever since we started the peer learning sessions under the RAHU Peer Educators Academy which runs every year with about 50 peer educators, trends are greatly changing.

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

Lack of awareness and access to effective methods of contraception and family planning is the greatest challenge in Uganda. It is such lack of access that leads to early marriages and childbearing, unintended pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and other consequences thereby impacting the health of women and girls through fistula and childbirth complications, indirectly affecting that of children and young people in general. Realizing access to youth friendly services is the solution.

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

In the next five years, I want is to create a movement of over 5000 informed young people not only in Uganda but also East Africa. Five years from now still, I would love to look at the young people that I have mentored at RAHU empowered, healthy adults who are making informed family planning decisions. I would love to see them having networks of thriving youth-led community based organisations doing the same work like us, creating impact in the communities we cannot reach as Reach A Hand, Ugand

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