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Patricia Odongo

Patricia Odongo - 2019 Nominee
Position: Brand Manager
Organization: DKT International
Masters in Business Administration from University of Nairobi
75 Public Votes Reached!
Through Patricia and her work at DKT, many us as youth have not remained in the shadows on the ways to be in control of the future quality of our lives through her campaigns on safe and affordable ways of adopting family planning methods. – Brian Raila, Student at UoN
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

1. Trained over 3,000 Stakeholders (organization staff, Doctors, Clinical Officers, midwives and nurses) in Kenya & Uganda on modern methods of family planning .
2. Improved knowledge and perceptions of family planning methods by;
-Addressing potential contraceptive side effects, myths, and misconceptions (using leaflets, booklets, and discussion groups)
-Promoted postpartum family planning use and adoption of long-acting methods (facility health talks)
-Increased knowledge of method choice and sources of methods (leaflets, outreach programs)
3. Organized campus activation activities and reached over 5000 young adults with information on contraceptives and life planning in general using various media.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My adolescent life sparked my passion for Family Planning. I watched my cousins and close friend drop out of school simply because they got pregnant yet, having been brought up by a Healthcare Practitioner, I knew it was possible to “Decide if and when to have a child "and “Decide if one will not have a child and her options for preventing or ending a pregnancy.”On realizing that the major gap was access to information, I knew I wanted to plunge in deep.

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

- I initiate and organize relevant product orientation meetings and training sessions for healthcare providers to develop and enhance knowledge and information while demystifying the myths and misconceptions.
-I develop and implement family planning methods campaigns to expand awareness of and access to modern contraception
-I discourage lack/ little/ wrong information to clients from Healthcare Providers.

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 create an awareness campaigns using lessons and best practices from innovators in the field for girls of between ages 15-24 and give access to information in their own terms on their sexual reproductive health with emphasis on making healthy sexual decisions whilst increasing the visibility of youth friendly clinics offering affordable services.”
The campaign will use mostly online and mobile tools and help users find reproductive health services,ECs and other contraceptives.

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