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Joweri Namulondo

Joweri Namulondo - 2019 Nominee
Position: Programme Officer SRHR
Organization: Youth Equality Centre - YEC
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors degree in Democracy and Development studies
National Institutes of Health web based course on Protecting Human Research Subjects
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Youth delegate to Africa Health Agenda International Conference 2019
    Awarding Organization:
    International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Regional Office - IPPFARO
    Date Awarded:
    March 1, 2019
  • Award:
    Adolescent and Youth Delegate to PMNCH Partners Forum
    Awarding Organization:
    The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
    Date Awarded:
    December 12, 2018
  • Award:
    Young family planning champion to ICFP 2018
    Awarding Organization:
    Guttmarcher Institute
    Date Awarded:
    July 25, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Joweri has undertaken various advocacy initiatives including engaging key decision makers on access to Youth-friendly services and information, Comprehensive Sexuality Education and access to contraception for young people. – Ali Kaviri, Team Leader at Youth Equality Centre - YEC
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have engaged policy makers at national and district level. At the national level, my focus has been on progressive policy environment; pushing for the School Health policy, Sexuality education framework, and SRHR guidelines
Through community dialogues, I have engaged gate keepers like parents, cultural and religious leaders on the need to embrace contraception access for young people as a major solution to teenage pregnancies and child marriages. Advocating for the unmarried adolescents to access services without parental consent.
I conducted research about experiences of young people when seeking contraception in 3 districts in Uganda; the research findings shall inform advocacy on the attribution of confidentiality in increasing FP uptake among adolescents and young people.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up in a family of 13 children and seeing my dad struggle so hard to provide for such a large family; the dependence burden on my father was so huge that he had to distribute us among his relatives. Of course this affected our development to adulthood because as children, we couldn't get sufficient resources needed for proper growth. In fact it is affecting me even more because at my age of 23, I have to take care of my younger siblings in terms of school fees and other necessities.

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

I twist the advocacy language according to the context for example if I am talking to stakeholders about unmarried young women below 24 years, then its better for me to advocate for access to contraception rather than family planning.
I am pro choice and I encourage and support young people to use any family planning method of their choice
I map out stakeholders in to champions and opposition; I leverage on the existing support from the champions as I slowly engage the opposition

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 hope to use this platform to learn new innovative advocacy strategies to engage government in bridging the 39% unmet need. With the $1000, I intend to organise budget advocacy meetings in two districts of Kibuku and Butaleja with the objectives of:
1. Lobbying for the two districts to create a budget code for training health workers in adolescent and youth friendly services to ensure confidentiality of young people when accessing services
2. Ensure district health centres have all FP methods

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