Kevin Oria

Kevin Oria - 2019 Nominee
Position: Field program coordinatoor
Organization: Tropical institute of community health and development
Current Location: Kisumu - Kenya
Bachelor Degree in Community Health and Development from Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK)
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Health and Society
He advocated for family planning for young people He advocated for health systems to provide family planning without discrimination He created awareness on the myths and misconception about family planning. – Sharon Otieno, Regional coordinator at Tropical institute of community health and development
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

For the past 3 years, I have fronted for the uptake of the family in the various community where I have attended not less than 30 community dialogue days to clarify about the myths and misconception about family planning. I have trained over 120 community health volunteers on information provision about family planning and how to address the challenges within communities. I have provided information to more than 30 community health units on engaging men as key decision makers during the uptake of family planning by their wives. Together with 24 health facilities organised community outreaches to mobilize women and create awareness on the importance of family to family, community and nation at large.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In the Western part, if Kenya Averagely a household has 5-6 children. this has led to many families unable to raise their high number of children hence leading to illiteracy due to lack of education, disease prevalence due to poor income and lack of resources to seek for treatment. With all these challenges, I saw it important to start raising awareness about having small manageable families which can only be achieved through family planning uptake by couples.

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

When fronting for awareness campaign and advocacy on family planning I sought for people opinio first on the best strategy to use to tackle the issues to ensure that many people understand and accept the concept. This gives people opportunity to trust my abilities and strategies.
Value clarification has been key my work to ensure that every person understand the concept that they don' understand I give everybody an opportunity to express their view, opinions and thoughts without discrimination

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? :

To reach more young women with information on family planning
organise more online campaign about family planning
use platform to acquire more skills to handle challenges that are still facing the uptake of family planning
Use funds to reach many community health volunteers and train them on information provision and support in commodities purchase which sometimes is unavailable in communities
Use the resources available on the platform to advance my knowledge on advocacy for family planning

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
creating awareness and advocating for family planning at community gathering

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