Vincent Makuluni Thom

Vincent Makuluni Thom - 2019 Nominee
Position: SRHR Youth Champion and Executive Director
Organization: Phalombe Youth Arms Organisation (PYAO)
Current Location: Malawi, Africa
As a Youth Champion he has influenced and facilitated the development of Phalombe District YFHS Strategy and District Youth Strategy. This has improved uptake of YFHS uptake like family planning contraception, active participation of AGYW in program – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As SRHR Youth Champion and YCBDA I have contributed in building the capacity of about 50 youth leaders, adolescent girls and young women in SRHR leadership and advoccay. These are holding health facilities accountable on Family Planning Contraception supplies, access and utilization of the servives. I have managed increase contraceptive and condoms distribution points in the district for easy access. I have also contributed to the development of District YFHS Strategy which will improve FP service delivery, uptake and utilization in the district.
I have also engaged local, traditional, faith and religious leaders in family planning programming in the district. I have also contributed in active and meaningful youth participation in SRHR decision making, budget and policy processes

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Limited access to quality youth friendly sexual reproductive health services especially family planning contraceptives, and inadequate service delivery points for AGYW to access family planning method. This in turn contributes to low HIV and pregnancy risk perception among the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW). This is evident in high fertility rate (5.0) and high current unmet need and also low youth participation in Family Planning decision making, budget and policy processes

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

1. I developed a project aimed at increasing AGYW participation in SRHR/FP program implementation which ER VOICE Fund supported. In this project, as a Youth Champion, I mentored the AGYW in leadership and policy advocacy. I also facilitated some engagements between AGYW, Youths and the District AUthority holding them accountable.
2. Health Policy PLus Project, a USAID funded project also used me as a Co-facilitator during a recent Youth Champion Training where i encouraged the youth leaders to

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 prize money will boost the work of ensuring that the advocacy work currently in progress should be effective through improvements in inclusive planning, orienting the youths in family planning and sexual reproductive health. It will also support monitoring and supervision of FP services in health facilities in the district whilst increasing outreach services in hard to recah areas

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