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Jeniffer Wangui

Jeniffer Wangui - 2019 Nominee
Position: Advocacy Officer
Organization: DSW Kenya
Current Location: Nakuru
Bachelor of Arts in Community Development from Moi University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certification on Essentials of youth policy
Certification on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights by Centre for Reproductive health Rights
75 Public Votes Reached!
Jeniffer has advocated for Nakuru reproductive health Sub-Program, participated in the development of five years costed implementation plan for 2 counties, and is assisting in tracking public health expenditure for Family Planning in Nakuru County. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I organized 15 youth groups aged 19-26 years old in Laikipia, Nyandarua and Nakuru Counties and trained them on adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health and family planning. The youth groups conduct FP/RH awareness activities to their peers at village level. Additionally, I have been involved in the development of Family Planning Costed Implementation plans of Laikipia County 2018 and Nyandarua County. I have supported Nakuru, Nyandarua and Laikipia Counties to establish Family Planning technical working groups that conduct quarterly monthly meetings. In Laikipia County, I advocated for the allocation of Ksh. 1 million towards family planning in 2018/19 budget. In Nakuru County, I advocated for the adoption of Reproductive health sub-program and drafted MNCAH Bill 2019

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for women’s economic empowerment and health rights. Growing up, I saw some of my schoolmates drop out of school due to teenage pregnancy and ended up being married off. Children born by teenage mothers lack basic life provisions. Investing in family planning, every Ksh 100 spent saves Ksh. 225 on maternal and child health costs in Kenya. Investing in family planning enables young women to stay in school, support women economic empowerment and promotes promotes healthier births.

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

As an advocacy officer, I have conducted dialogues with the County Assembly health and budget committees in Nyandarua, Nakuru and Laikipia Counties and shared knowledge on the need to invest in Family planning. Additionally, I have supported the development of Nakuru health strategy 2018/22 and Nyandarua health strategy 2018/22. I advocated for establishment of youth friendly centers, training of health staff on provision of youth friendly services and securing FP commidities budget line

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 organize more youths in and out of schools into groups/networks that understand family planning and support them to conduct peer mentorships in schools. Additionally, support the youth networks to champion for evidence based investment on family planning at county and national level though policies, county assembly Acts and programs that improve adolescents and youths sexual reproductive health. I will use the grant money to conduct public expenditure tracking of family planning

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
after conducting a family planning training in Laikipia County; three youth networks formed 2017 World Contraceptives Celebrations in Nakuru County, Kenya a meeting with te budget and health committees of Nyandarua County Assembly May 2019

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