Joseph Bobson Koroma

Joseph Bobson Koroma - 2016 Nominee
Position: Country Coordinator
Organization: IYAFP Sierra Leone
He is a strong advocate and campaigner for respect for human rights, gender equality and youth empowerment. Through his organization, the Patriotic Youth Sierra Leone (PY-SL), he was actively involved in the fight against Ebola, serving as community volunteer in 2014 wherein he participated in the house-to-house sensitization and related activities so as to break the chain of transmission and curb the outbreak. – Mirado Rakotoharimalala, Country Coordinator at IYAFP Madagascar
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been engaged in family planning advocacy in Sierra Leone through my organization the Patriotic Youth Sierra Leone (PY-SL) and going from school to school to raise the awareness of students about teenage pregnancy, early marriage and HIV/Aids

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My intention to make my community and country a better place and the desire to end teenage pregnancy and early marriage sparked my passion for family planning advocacy.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

M y biggest challenge in my family planning efforts has been ignorance and illiteracy of the greater majority of of the populace about sexual and reproductive health rights. We continue to raise awareness and sensitize people about these important issues.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

I think the biggest challenge that Sierra Leone faces with regards family planning is illiteracy and traditional orientation. Because of illiteracy and tradition, a lot of people find difficult to accept family planning methods. There should be more educational efforts and removal of cultural barriers to family planning through active engagement. of stakeholders.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Within the next five years, I want to reach out to the last chiefdom in Sierra Leone with family planning advocacy by establishing advocacy groups in each chiefdom.

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