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Morine Sirera

Morine Sirera - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Officer - AYSRH
Organization: Jhpiego
MSc International Security from University of Bristol
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
BA Sociology and International Security
75 Public Votes Reached!
Morine has led a seminal rights-based project working with very young adolescents and youth, including young mothers, in urban slums in Kenya to build their knowledge and empowerment over their own family planning and sexual health decisions making. – Shalmali Karnad, Regional Program Advisor at Jhpiego
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Under the urban health project, I supported the implementation of youth focused activities, which led to over 500 young women and men taking up a contraceptive method in three urban informal settlements in Nairobi.

I also supported national and community level advocacy through community gatekeepers (religious leaders, local administration and community influencers) under the Tupange project, which saw an 11 percent point increase among five urban poor cities in Kenya.
Currently with The Challenge Initiative a gates funded project, we have been able to reach 24,581 adolescents and youth (15-24) with contraceptive services. I have also supported the training of 225 service providers on adolescent and youth friendly services, to ensure they provide unbiased services to young people.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

A family member who had several unplanned pregnancies which were too closely spaced. This created a health and financial burden to the family. They did not have correct information on family planning and had very many myths.

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

Bringing community gate keepers to the table to be able to discuss the effects of too closely spaced births and the importance of family planning for the community. I have supported the enhancing of that dialogue to the community level by supporting the local administrators through the chiefs to incorporate the importance of family planning in their monthly barazas (meeting).

Ensuring that youth are included in the dialogue for family planning and what is important to them.

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 would use the funds to hold community action days through mtaani (street walks) with community health volunteers targeting young men and women at their various bases to provide them with information and services for contraceptives. I would also support community dialogue sessions, which would provide safe space avenues for young people to discuss SRH issues affecting them.
Supporting multisectoral meetings at the county level including ministries of gender and education.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
With the Nairobi Youth Advisory Council discussing youth participation in sexual reproductive health Session with Community members on  family planning

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