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Jean Berchmans Uwimana

Jean Berchmans Uwimana - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Student
Organization: Medical Students for Choice, University of Rwanda
Bachelor's degree from University of Rwanda, School of medicine and health sciences
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certifications received,
1. I am Certified by Dr.Ellen MacKenzie-Dean, John's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health, by Jose G. Rimon II-Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and Honorable Minister of Health Dr. Diane Gashumba, the Republic of Rwanda for outstanding efforts and contribution to the successful organization of the International Conference on Family Planning 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.
2. I am certified by International Medical Students for choice for Organizing the first ever African Regional Meeting of Medical Students For Choice.
3. I am certified by Companion for making the content of Companion app, The app that links healthcare providers and HIV positive patients as online consultation to increase adherence to medications and decrease the mortality rate of this community.
4. I am certified by Healthy People Rwanda (HPR) and Edinburg Global Partnership(EGP) for successfully coordinating the project "reaching teens with sexual and reproductive health information through their teachers"
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Supporting Medical students for choice training
    Awarding Organization:
    Health Development Initiative
    Date Awarded:
    October 1, 2017
  • Award:
    Media Innovation in Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health
    Awarding Organization:
    Healthy People Rwanda
    Date Awarded:
    December 7, 2018
  • Award:
    Content support for Sexual and Reproductive health curriculum of High school students
    Awarding Organization:
    Medical Students Association of Rwanda
    Date Awarded:
    May 18, 2015
75 Public Votes Reached!
Developed the Medical Students For Choice, Rwanda Chapter into a thriving group that puts on a number of conferences that features simulations, advocacy work and curriculum development. He also has worked in research looking into abortion practices. – renee johannensen, MD - Ob/Gyn, Family Planning specialist at planned parenthood of North New England and NYC, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

2015, through medical students association of Rwanda, I contributed to the design and integration of sexual and reproductive health curriculum for Rwandan high schools. 2016, I led a one-year SRH and safe abortion care training of 50 medical students in a clinical setting. 2017, I coordinated the first African Regional Meeting of Medical Students for Choice and I contributed to the design and signed on a petition for amendment of abortion penal code. 2018, I chaired gender empowerment and family planning session at ICFP 2018 and I played Family Planning Flavors, a mini-buzz for male engagement in family planning e.g: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhoMFFyJqTg. 2019, I worked and signed on a policy briefing for amendment of child protection law and setting medical liability insurance.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Firstly, as a young person, i am not happy of 1 million of girls under age 15 getting pregnant every year in sub-saharan africa where i am situated.
Secondly, our youth age is time for enormous physical, psychological and social changes that determines why we can have sex but most of us are not ready to plan for family yet. This means I have to speak for our protection.
Thirdly, Family planning is a vital key for my career as a Doctor in terms of service delivery and social protection.

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

I lead medical students for choice chapter, a group that trains medical students about comprehensive SRH in a clinical setting with a special focus on safe abortion and eliminating future SRH services provider bias while creating tomorrow's pro-choice physicians.The challenge is to balance the aim of the training and trainees behaviours or beliefs.I reacted to this challenge by developing for trainees a 5 pages handbook of SRH problems in sub-saharan africa.This helps them to be more concerned.

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? :

If I win, this platform will increase my leadership skills. I plan to exhaust all the necessary values this platform will bring to winners. I will use the $1000 grant to buy 50 SD cards on which I will code the videos of necessary comprehensive SRH topics of the high school curriculum as a tool that teachers can use to give appropriate SRH information for high school students. 2 SD cards per school will be distributed to 25 rural high schools that are less likely to afford online videos.

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