Simon Nguye

Simon Nguye - 2017 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: FUMACO
Current Location: Mwanza, Tanzania, East Africa.
Bachelor of Public Administration
FuMaCo will working to ensure all girls have access to a quality and safe education by dismantling the barriers imposed by poverty and partnering with communities in support of girls’ education. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

By accelerating cross- sectoral efforts to addressing the social determinants of adolescent pregnancy including tradition, gender roles and inequality, poverty, insecurity, lack of alternative opportunities for girls we can make significant progress in family planning efforts and maternal, new born and child health.Adolescent birth rates are highest where child marriage is most common: 95% of the world’s births to adolescents occur in developing countries. 90% of these adolescent births are to girls already married or in a union. Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the second leading cause of death.Established Adolescent Girls Clubs and leadership training programmes will work to provide girls with information and resources about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Despite their significant need for maternal health services, Adolescent girls often isolated, hard to reach, and unaware that such services are available.Both unmarried and married girls often face stigma when trying to access reproductive health services, meaning they are less likely to return for follow up care. Compared to other age groups, girls who are married have both the lowest use but highest unmet need for contraception hence outcomes and increased maternal morbidity and mortality.

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

1. Established Adolescent Girls Clubs and leadership training for older adolescent girls who can use the skills they learn to work as peer educators in their own communities. These clubs have been successful in exerting pressure on parents and communities to change social norms.
2.Advocating for an end to harmful practices including early marriage and pregnancy,

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? :

FUMACo will involve the community including leaders and young people, from the very beginning of this project.
FUMACO wil not focus on service provision alone, imbedded in a community programme consisting of awareness raising of women’s and youth rights, SRHR information and education and advocacy.•Involve the government: health services are their responsibility. Educate the community to demand their right to health but educate the government to see that they are ultimately the duty bearers.

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