SSEBUKULU SIMEO - 2019 Nominee
Position: Teaching Assistant, Social Worker.
Organization: Kyambogo University, Volume Up
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Bachelor's of Social Work and Social Administration from Kyambogo University
75 Public Votes Reached!
Simeo works to expand access to SRH services among young people in Kyambogo University to enable them make informed decisions using social media. In 2018, there was reduced multiple sexual partnering to 30% at the university as a result of his work. – Mariam Nakabuubi, Programs Manager at Health Child
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I had the privilege and responsibility to help young people make informed safer decisions and choices on sexuality with a focus on students' knowledge, use and attitudes on contraception. As a result we have promoted the use of contraception among youths in Kyambogo University. Having smaller families has allowed students invest more in each child. Youths with fewer children have tended to stay longer in schools than those with many children. This has been essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of students yet while supporting their health. The ability of students to choose if and when to bare a child has minimised the rates of unintended pregnancies which has reduced on cases of unsafe abortions

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Uganda's incidence of unplanned pregnancies continued to increase. Working as a Teaching Assistant in the University saw me witness the high rate of unwanted pregnancies and its associated consequences of unsafe abortion complications, disruption in academic work and possible death. I was inspired to start a movement expanding contraceptive uptake among my students. With Sensitization, service provision of contraceptives among others got the campaign expand to the rest of the University.

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

In Volume Up, I envision the purpose,aspiration and goal. This helps me scan for opportunities by seeking out alternatives and options. With minimal resources at our disposal, I chose to maximise the value of partnerships with established organizations yet while mobilising for community participation in the program. To achieve this however, I always attempt to inspire my team by using personal developments through trainings. With this, the team keeps pushing for the goal even with minimal funds.

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? :

The grant will help in developing an online interactive yet informative website on FP issues to broaden our services to other universities. The success of this will lobby for a Family Planning television in Uganda or atleast a TV program on any local station from which advocacy for a possible curriculum restructuring to incorporate FP lessons in the academic program for students will follow. 120under40 will aid in building partnerships but also learning from other global actors in Family planing

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