Moses Acole

Moses Acole - 2016 Nominee
He has chosen to rise from the post conflict challenges in northern Uganda and through PICOT is now spearheading engagement of young people aged 10-24 who receive the necessary information on where to access FP services to improve their SRH outcomes – MITCHELLE KIMATHI, Program Officer, Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Global, Africa Regional Office
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Increased awareness of Modern family planning methods to young people
Trained 100 youth as school and community peer educators to advance family planning information and service to youth
Formed 20 clubs in the communities and schools to engage young people to access and utilize family planning information and service
Trained 15 health providers to provide youth friendly family planning service to young women
Engaged districts leadership to prioritize and create budget for family planning
I became a role model by first using family planning services and then talked to young people with evidence and courage.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Help youth to secure better access to wider family planning services and ultimately leads better lives
Make Family Planning a grass root endeavor to young people
The passion to end teenage pregnancies among youth girls in the schools and communities by encouraging them to use family planning
To Increase awareness and access to Family planning information and service to youth people

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

Public disapproval of young people to access family people information and service. we worked through opinion leaders of different groups
Religious Institution campaigning against Family Planning. I had to tell the true story of past, present, and future what young people are facing in terms of challenges.
Limited access to quality Family Planning information and services. This was addressed in such way that there was increased demand creation through awareness raising and public campaigns.

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

Low funding for family Planning. need increase funding and prioritize family planning in development agenda
Lack of political will and commitment by government. Engage leaders to prioritize family planning in development agenda
Lack of youth friendly service. Create youth friendly corners to provide services at health and community centers
Poor quality of available family planning services. Need to improve services by providing modern family planning services

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

Train 300 Youth on modern Family Planning Methods
Establish and strengthen 30 youth networks to engage and advance quality modern Family Planning method to young people
Network and Mobilize more resource to advance family planning information and services to young people
Establish a youth information center to provide youth friendly Family Planning services
Continued Advocacy and engagement of government to commit to family planning to improve lives of young people

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