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Izere Noella

Izere Noella - 2019 Nominee
Position: Manager of the learning center for health and rights. Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate
Organization: Health Development Initiative
Current Location: Rwanda, Africa
Bachelor's Degree in Public Health from School of Heath Sciences, Mount Kenya University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Philanthropy University, Online courses: Certificate in Planning for Monitoring and Evaluation, with a first class
Certificate on participatory approaches to transforming conflicts from Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Rwanda & Never Again Rwanda
Certificate in Advocacy from Packard Foundation and Health Development Initiative(HDI)
Certificate on drug addiction and harm reduction programming from GIZ (Germany Cooperation) and KANCO
A Diploma in Maths, Chemistry, Biology with a first class
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Received an Award of Young Video Contest winners for ICFP 2018
    Awarding Organization:
    Melinda Gates Institutes
    Date Awarded:
    June 20, 2018
  • Award:
    A master's scholarship at UNICAF in Public Health
    Awarding Organization:
    UNICAF University
    Date Awarded:
    March 14, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
She's one of the winners of video contest in ICFP 2018 from Melinda Gates Institute,she volunteered at UN women as SRHR activist,She's young youthopia Ambassador,she's family planning specialist at Saye company ltd – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I provided family planning information to women seeking prenatal care at Kicukiro Health Center, where I conducted a session on Family planning education every Tuesday , and thanks to that ,more than 100 women started using Family planning methods. I worked with Local authorities in Kicukiro districts to sensitize the community about family planning, through campaigns and community meetings where more than 50 women were impacted and are now using family planning.I reached out over 200 women and men with family planning information and services, through exhibitions and campaigns. I have been impacting Dukataze girls by providing them with proper information on Family planning, advocating for their unmet need to increase access of family planning services in youth friendly centers.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up in a country where many people lack proper knowledge about family planning and access to contraception, I have seen and experienced the consequences of not using family planning. Looking at those unhealthy and malnourished kids due to their parents inability to offer them basic needs like food, shelter, clothes, education, etc ,really broke my heart. As woman I couldn't stand it, I committed myself to be a family planning activist so that I can contribute to my country's development.

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

As the head of the learning center for health and rights , where young people come to read books related on SRHR and do their researches.I organize and facilitate training,dialogues, discussions and debates that take place there, with aim to engage and empower young people in addressing major SRHR and Family planning issues.
As a family planning specialist ,I ensure the team work on a daily basis and motivate peer educators,who work directly with beneficiaries to improve their lives.

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 would use that platform to reach and inform Rwandan population about Family Planning and its benefits, to build the capacity and strengthen knowledge of Family planning seekers and health care providers.
- I would use the 1000 $ grant to start making tutorial videos and hacks to teach about emergency contraceptives (condom, morning after pills) that can save the lives of many . Also Talk about crucial Family planning issues to raise awareness for further advocacy and interventions.

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