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Jedidah Lemaron

Jedidah Lemaron - 2019 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: The Malkia Initiative
Current Location: Kenya, Africa
Counselling Pyschology from The University of Nairobi
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Civic Leadership- Duquesne University
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    The Mandela Washington Fellowship
    Awarding Organization:
    Young African Leaders Initiative (Department of State)
    Date Awarded:
    August 1, 2016
  • Award:
    Menstrual Hygiene Management Champion
    Awarding Organization:
    The Association of County First Ladies-Kenya
    Date Awarded:
    June 28, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Jedidah is running Nahesabika (I count) a program in Kajiado County,Kenya that engages youth in meaningful participation to demand their SRHR rights and hold the government accountable to ensure adequate access to resources, information & services – Sharon Migariza Kiyingu, Chairperson at Women Promotion Network
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

For the first 3 years I worked on the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, my main focus was menstrual Hygiene Management(MHM), However for the past 3 years, the number of unintended pregnancies within our area of operation, Kajiado County became worrying. This leads us to introduce Comprehensive sexuality Education into our in-school programming and Meaningful Youth participation for Youths out of school all this under our program Nahesabika(I count) that targets 2000 youths in the first phase. The program’s goal is to contribute to improved access and increased awareness of SRHR among the marginalized youth and girls in and out of school in Kajiado. I have seen a decrease and changes in rates of unintended pregnancy and hospital admission due to complications of unsafe abortions.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Kajiado is rated 3rd in Kenya at 20% for teenage pregnancies according to the DHIS 2014, this is despite the increased availability of modern contraceptive methods. It is this very reason that my passion for family planning was sparked. Rural youths in Kajiado county do not have access to knowlegde and services due to stigma and lack of Youth friendly services in Health Facilities. I believe that the youth count and are counted for and should access SRHR services as their right.

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

As a talent at Unleash Innovation Hub 2018, I lead a team of 4 to develop a platform personality called Jijue,(know yourself). The platform allows youth to text their questions and issue to a confidential hotline and receive information. The platform is unique as it provides information, consultation and delivery of products in a discrete manner. The platform is to be prototyped and implemented in Kenya.
I also helped in the development of Kajiado Family Planning- Costed Implementation plan

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 am named a winner, I will conduct a capacity building forum for 20 youth leaders from Kajiado County. Our activities will mainly revolve around assessing the knowledge attitudes and practices (KAP) of the youths to inform barriers that exist in the access of services and commodities in their different localities. It will also give insight into their preferred methods/ways of accessing contraceptives. The trained youth leaders will then act as peer educators and local role models.

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