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Innocent Grant - 2019 Nominee
Position: Clinical officer
Organization: Young and Alive Initiatives Tanzania
Current Location: Tanzania, East Africa
Ordinary Diploma in Clinical Medicine
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Certificate of Appreciation
    Awarding Organization:
    Partnership between London and Mtwara(PaLM)
    Date Awarded:
    October 9, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
A selfless, talented, and amazing young advocate who has changed the lives of hundreds of young people in Tanzania providing Contraceptive education services. This innovator will revolutionalize access to contraception via technology. – Kizanne James, 120 Under 40 Winner, Women Deliver Alumni, Medical Doctor, Chevening Scholar at Tobago Regional Health Authority
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Over the last two years, I have developed an online resource that helps young people to anonymously find the answers to questions about contraception. Young people were initially encouraged to ask questions through a mobile phone number, I posted the questions to a group of clinical medicine students and posted both anonymized questions and answers to a Facebook page called “Contraceptive Conversation” so that the questions and answers benefit other young people across Tanzania. I have been able to reach more than 1500 young people every day with more than 100 questions answered, and discovered the value of the hybrid, offline and online contraceptive education to young people in Tanzania, here is the page https://www.facebook.com/maswalinamajibuyauzaziwampango/?_rdc=1&_rdr

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I had not realised the value to young people and adolescents of access to contraceptive information and better services until I met Janet. Janet was 17 years old and when she passed away due to complications following an unsafe abortion. Her story spurred me onto use to advocate for better contraception.

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

I was president of the Mtwara Clinical Officers training college sexual health club, and have remained as patron and mentor to this club. I led the development of a 5 year strategic plan, developing an online resource, Contraceptive Conversation that helps young people to ask questions about contraception. I now manage Contraceptive Conversation in Tanzania and advocate for policies supporting digital provision of sexual and reproductive health information and services in Tanzania and Africa.

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? :

By working with partner organization,I will develop a digital resource (Website) for contraceptive information that will be translated to my national language Swahili.I have been awarded a small grant to develop 8 video documentary stories of girls who have been affected by the inadequate access to contraceptive information and services in Tanzania. I will use the contraceptive conversation page to promote the website with the stories and offer sources of information to address the issues raised

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
I was doing the outreach in Mtwara girls secondary school, stimulating contraceptive discussions to the students in schools this was a community action day, with international citizen service volunteering opportunity, where i was generating contraceptive discussions to young students in Lindi Region. i was with Palm Organization and Sexual health experts from Kings College in London, training clinical medicine students on effective contraceptive counselling in Mtwara Region Tanzania

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