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Alexandrina Nakanwagi

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Alexandrina Nakanwagi - 2017 Nominee
Position: Communications Assistant
Organization: PACE (Programme for Accessible health Communication and Education)
Current Location: Uganda, Africa
Undergraduate degree-Journalism and Communication from Makerere University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Certificate in Communication for Behavioural Impact-COMBI taught by Prof Everold Hosein.
Alexandrina is passionate about repackaging information for young people in a way that helps them make informed healthy choices; through a new youth brand promoting youth friendly services: YO SPACE, encouraging young people to put their health first – Christopher Meraiyebu, Behavior Change Communications Specialist at PACE
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Working to make informed choice the norm, I have developed messages and communication tools used by a team of over 400 Village Health Teams (VHTs) in 52 districts to educate women about their family planning choices, maternal health and cervical cancer meant to create awareness, address myths, misconceptions and barriers to getting a family planning method and provide linkages to service at a social franchise network, ProFam, that currently has over 170 privately owned clinics. I also manage mass media campaigns, from creative concepts to media buying to increase awareness and demand for especially long-term methods-implants and IUCDs, with 70 percent of our target audience learning about the ProFam franchise through radio adverts, and so knowing where to get FP methods if they want to.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Having a choice-when to have children, if at all; to choose for one's self, and not be completely dependent on a partner for birth control. I found in my work that many Ugandans are unaware of their choices; that choice is often marred by patriarchy and myths; that they don’t know that there's so much to choose from that works for each person's need, and can be reversed. It gives me great satisfaction when even just one person, knows and embraces that choice when it comes to family planning.

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

I'm most proud of creating the youth brand YO SPACE aimed at increasing access to and uptake of SRH services including FP for the youth. YO SPACE is linked to freedom from judgment and a safe space. I've developed fun content for a weekly radio program on popular youth radios with heavy social media engagement, a voucher strategy and a comprehensive fun little handbook with info on FP, post abortion care and safe sex, leading to more young people getting exposure and knowledge of their sexuality

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 would roll out YO SPACE to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms. Using short clips and images, the campaign would highlight everyday instances young people experience especially concerning choice: when to have sex, how sex relates with their future, whether or not to have babies, when they want to have babies, etc. The campaign would have useful information to aid making good healthy choices, and give reference on where to get the right information.

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