Simon Peter Kibira

Simon Peter Kibira - 2019 Nominee
Position: Lecturer and Researcher
Organization: Makerere University
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
PhD from University of Bergen, Norway
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
MSc. (Population and Reproductive Health) from Makerere University.
BA (Social Sciences) from Makerere University.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Doctoral Scholarship award
    Awarding Organization:
    Norwegian State Education Loan Fund
    Date Awarded:
    April 1, 2015
  • Award:
    Teaching Excellence Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Makerere University School of Public Health
    Date Awarded:
    December 1, 2011
  • Award:
    Best presenter award: Young African Statisticians Conference
    Awarding Organization:
    Statistics South Africa
    Date Awarded:
    August 4, 2014
75 Public Votes Reached!
Simon has been actively engaged in Family Planning research since 2006 and has written the FP Chapters of the UDHS reports of 2011 and 2016. He is the Co-Principal for Uganda’s PMA2020 surveys. More details: – Allen Kabagenyi , Lecturer at Makerere University
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

The PMA2020 ( surveys where I am a co-team lead in Uganda have supported FP partners with advocacy evidence. E.g. We show evidence of contraceptive stock outs annually at public health facilities and monitor contraceptive need and use changes. This wasn't regular. We disseminate evidence nationally in engagements with advocates; parliamentarians; district leaders; service providers; religious and cultural leaders, to take action. I also teach course units with family planning issues in the Master of Public Health at Makerere University, thus building a new breed of researchers, advocates and program managers to take the mantel forward. I have written the FP chapter in the Uganda demographic and health survey reports in 2011 and 2016. These provide research evidence.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My first research engagement in family planning research was in the 2006 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS). As a regional supervisor in the survey, I experienced first hand interviews with young and older mothers who had several unplanned children that they confessed could not afford to look after well. “The stories of women were often overwhelming to me. I wished these mothers could rewind the hands of times”. This sparked my desire to improve access to evidence for advocacy.

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

As a researcher, I play a leading role in Uganda’s monitoring of the global FP2020 commitments, working as the co-team leader for the Performance Monitoring and accountability -PMA2020 surveys. The surveys have annually (since 2014) tracked Uganda's progress towards the targets set to achieve 50% modern contraceptive prevalence rate by 2020. In this we have disseminated findings helping the family planning partners with advocacy evidence, and Ministry of Health with evidence for improvement.

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 offer this as a partial contribution to the best Master's students at Makerere University School of Public Health who are conducting approved research on family planning topics. Often the students struggle to accomplish good quality research due to limited funds. Yet, their studies are important in supporting sub national levels like districts to improve service delivery. Without research evidence there is no advocacy.

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