Menu

JOSEPH KASAIJA

JOSEPH KASAIJA - 2019 Nominee
Position: PROGRAMMES MANAGER
Organization: WETALK SERIES UGANDA
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Bachelors of Science in Public Health from NKUMBA UNIVERSITY-UGANDA
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
CERTIFICATE IN EMPOWERING EVIDENCE DRIVEN ADVOCACY AND POLICY COMMUNICATION FROM INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE ON FAMILY PLANNING.
CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH COMMUNICATION FROM GUTTMACHER RESEARCH INSTITUTE.
CERTIFICATE IN EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH FROM STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY-SOUTH AFRICA.
ASHOKA CHANGE MAKERS CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION IN SOCIAL INNOVATION FOR HEALTH.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Bachelors of Science in Public Health
    Awarding Organization:
    NKUMBA UNIVERSITY, UGANDA
    Date Awarded:
    October 28, 2016
  • Award:
    COMMON WEALTH SCHOLARSHIP IN MASTERS OF PUBLIC HEALTH
    Awarding Organization:
    COMMON WEALTH SCHOLARS -DFID AT TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY
    Date Awarded:
    July 15, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Joseph has 4 years experience in youth SRHR design and programing, passionate to promote gender equality and SDGs. Currently, he is the first young person in Uganda to utilize social inclusion by using sign language to increase access to SRHR informa – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I contributed to the drafting of the SRHR policy specifically guidelines on FP services provision and access by young people which the Ministry of Health has adopted and committed to budget lines for its implementation once passed.
I have spearheaded family planning for youth YOSPACEprojects in 5 districts aimedat creating demand and access to FP services among adolescent girls and young women 15 to 24 years quarterly reachingout to 18000 with 6000 referrals and trained 154 peer educators doing door to door mobilization with the biggest achievement on breaking stigma, myths and misconceptions deemed as taboos in societies where we had open dialogues with district and community leaders to allow teenagers access FP services and commit to budget lines for FP commodities in district budgets.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I am a man and soon will be a father and wouldnt want my daugher or any other woman to have unintedent pregnancy which mostly lead to fistula,death, dropping out of school and poverty yetwith access to FP information and services all thesecould be prevented. I witnessed teenage girls die in my community and in grassroot communitiesI work injust because of misconceptions and taboos attached to contraceptives and it from this point Idecided to advocate for FPaccess and utilization by young people.

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

I have contributed to drafting the national SRHR policy specifically in charge of the guidelines on young people's access to contraceptivesand age appropriateSRHR informationat the ministry of Health as a commiteemember of the Reproductive health technical working group. I also coordinate the SRHR advocates with hearing impairments by training and mentnoring them to be family planning champions in their communities and leading on youth Sexual Reproductive Health programming in my organization.

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 use the fund to engage policy makers and key decision makers on the need to prioritise young people by creating budgetlines that are focused on promoting access to contraceptive information and service for the young people with hearing impairments integrating sign language in youth friendly social behavioral change communications.
I will use the platform to amplify youth voices on family planning during dialogues with peers and decision makers creating an online movement on FP advocacy.

Subscribe to receive email updates about 120 Under 40.

Grid
Outlines