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Muganga Mark

Muganga Mark - 2019 Nominee
Position: Communications and Advocacy
Organization: Uganda Youth Alliance For Family Planning And Adolescents Health ( UYAFPAH)
Current Location: Uganda
Bachelor from Development studies
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• 2012- Certificate of participation, appreciation and contribution to the Bicycle Riding Campaign against Cancer.
• 2012- Certificate of attendance, training for Community Safe Medicines Advocates
• 2012- I attended the Launch on PROMOTING RIGHTS AND ACCOUNTABILITIES IN AFRICAN COMMUNITIES (PRAAC) organized by PLAN UGANDA.
• 2011- Certificate of Attendance in Monitoring the Right to Health and The Role of Health Professionals
• 2011- Volunteer during the Buganda Road Race in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
• 2010- Certificate of Attendance on The Right to Health and The role of Health Proffessionals.
• 2010 – Certificate of Attendance and Participation in the Human Right Training under the theme: Electoral Democracy and Governance in Uganda which was held at KYU
• 2010- Volunteered during the MTN marathon 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
• 2009- Capacity Building workshop at KYU facilitated by PPDA.
• 2008- Certificate in Computer Applications Ms Words, Excel, Power Point, Access, Tally and Internet
• 2008-Certificate of Attendance of a workshop organized by Accounting Society KYU
• 2005- Member of the Scouting Club
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Male SRHR Advocate
    Awarding Organization:
    Reach A Hand Uganda
    Date Awarded:
    February 28, 2016
  • Award:
    Best Citizen Journalist Advocating for Maternal and SRHR.
    Awarding Organization:
    UN-Women & White Ribbon Alliance Global.
    Date Awarded:
    April 14, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Mark is a communications and advocacy manager with Touchvert Uganda Limited, A youth leader institution – Frank Byaruhanga , Communication Manager at Media Promotion
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Wordpress to empower young people with family planning information and this is done through daily basis by disseminating SRHR information. On Facebook I reach up to 370 young people http://bit.ly/2Jgx4TF and Twitter over 150 young people per day (http://bit.ly/30hvZ3d ), Instagram over 10-15 (http://bit.ly/2E44f8y ), Wordpress over 20-30 per month (http://bit.ly/2JAOOrX ) and Linkedin :- http://bit.ly/2HmvLPn.
Through social media i empower young people and i was awarded by RAHU as the Best Male SRHR Advocate, advocating for adolescents health. I was also recognized and awarded by the White Ribbon Alliance Global and Un Women for advocating for better health care services for the vulnerable.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In my community, the number of young adolescents dying due to preventable maternal related issues was on increase as well as unemployment among youths but these would be prevented with access to SRHR information and services and entrepreneurial opportunities. Due that concern, I and my friends decided to advocate for provision of FP services through social media and later we started an initiative know as http://bit.ly/2E5yifY.

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

I have spearheaded organizing health camps in resource limited settings to empower young people with FP information and services in Kalangala District, trained my fellow peers on financial management and creative activism as way to integrate ICT innovations in SRHR and lobbying for policy change. For example:- http://bit.ly/2YsoWCL, http://bit.ly/2VqeJ8k

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 train more family planning peer champions who will serve as our ambassadors on voluntary basis for different regions and they will be in charge of translating family planning content into their local languages to ease our empowerment and dissemination to the young people at the grass root levels. Also I will incorporate and improve on the existing (https://touchvert.com/) website by integrating youthful infographic into our current health communication strategy.

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