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Innocent Nabaasa

Innocent Nabaasa - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program officer
Organization: SRHR Alliance Uganda
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Bachelors Degree from Development Studies
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Award Certificate in training on Values Clarification and Attitude Transformation for safe abortion- Ipas Organisation- Date: 2018-12-14

Certificate for participation on a study in Developing and Evaluating a community based abortion stigma reduction strategy in Mbarara, Uganda.- Ipas Organisation
Date awarded: 2018 -02- 13
75 Public Votes Reached!
Co-founder of Fabs Organisation(http://www.fabsorganisation.org/) Advocate for access to contraceptives by young people Program officer,SRHR Alliance Uganda SRHR Journalist(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FCgseRwDWs, https://youtu.be/KO6sKZXy9cA) – Clareh Twesigye, Executive Director at Fabs Organisation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since I was 21, I embarked on a journey aimed at advocating for safe amongst my peers at . In order to see a significant change, a friend and founded a community based organization dubbed Fabs Productions, and I was the executive director for 8 years, our aim was to use film, dance and drama and media to advocate for increased use of modern contraceptives and practice of Safe sex. We did several films like the Exodus and The forbidden at advocating for safe sex, reduced unsafe abortion and contraceptive use amongst young people and all women of reproductive age (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hiNxnu5KPE&t=44s, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKmwfbdmkyU)

 We use these films during community dialogues and school outreaches to sensitize young people. After several interventions with support from both local government and international NGO’s like Ipas, Inroads and Amplify Change and several media houses in Uganda we realized there our advocacy to several districts in Uganda. In 2016, we registered the organization as an NGO (Fabs ) the organization now operates both in western and central Uganda. Since its inception over 1000 peer educators have been trained and over 50, 000 young people in and out of school) reached with our services. In 2019, I decided to pave way for younger people to take up the leadership of the organization, in April 2019, I joined the SRHR alliance Uganda as Program officer. Through the organization we work with 8 non government to sensitize adolescents and young people about several SRHR challenges like Menstrual hygiene, safe sex practices, Youth adult partnerships, and use of modern contraceptives.

I have as well worked as a journalist with media houses in Uganda  likeradio West, Vision radio  and NBS Television, as an advocate for proper use of Family planning, I managed to compile several stories aimed at addressing the misconceptions about Family Planning (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO6sKZXy9cA)

      

What sparked your passion for family planning?

28 % of women in Uganda have an unmet need for family planning, According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health survey, 4 in 10 births are unplanned. These unplanned births continue to put pressure both on natural resources and government, the consequences of this are already witnessed through unsafe abortions that continue to claim lives of both adults and young people, forced marriages, poverty, increased school drop outs and increased encroachment on natural resources like has significantly contributed to climate the continuous in Bududa  have been attributed to the increased encroachment on water catchment areas on the slopes of  mount Elgon, This shows the need to control population growth. It is for these reasons that I decided to myself as a champion for family planning. According to research Family planning has the potential to reduce teenage pregnancies from 24% of girls aged 14 -19 years of age

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

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

- Founder Fabs

- Using to advocate for proper use of family planning

- Program Officer SRHR Alliance Uganda.    

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? :

I will use the grant to ensure over 100 Village Health teams are equipped with Knowledge about Family planning in Bugiri, Iganga and Mayuge districts which are among those with the highest numbers of unplanned pregnancies in Uganda. I will work with SRHR alliance Uganda and member to train over 1000 peer educators in the 3 districts on proper Family planning use. I will work with the trained village Health teams and Peer educators to ensure Family planning services are accessed by people in hard to reach areas. I will use the new platform to lobby for funds to ensure several health facilities in hard to reach areas offer family planning services. I will as well work with school leaders like Inspectors, District education officers and head teachers to lobby for access to family planning information and services amongst youths aged 10 – 15.

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