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Alexandrina Nakanwagi

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.

I've worked to create a youth brand YO SPACE, generated from the Human Centred Design process to identify and implement prototypes that will increase access to and uptake of SRH services including family planning. The YO SPACE brand is one that youth greatly respond to, linking the brand to freedom of expression, freedom from judgment, and a safe space.
I've developed fun materials that youth find exciting to serve as a constant reminder for them to put their health first. This includes providing content for a weekly radio program on popular youth radios with heavy social media engagement; a voucher strategy and creating a comprehensive fun little handbook with information on the minimum package of youth friendly services including family planning, post abortion and safe sex.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Choice. Choice when to have children, if at all. Choice on which methods to use, and knowledge that there is a method that works for each individual. Choice that frees one from depending on someone else for birth control, if they so choose. Not everyone in Uganda knows they have a choice, or that there's so much to choose from that works for each person's need, and can be reversed. I'd like for every single person in Uganda to know and embrace that choice when it comes to family planning

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

In my family planning work, I create the communication frameworks within which we package information and deliver it to create demand-mass media selection and buying, interpersonal communication and info, educational and communication materials. For example, I developed a creative concept based on which the youth brand was formed, which has grown to encompass a chain of YFS private clinics, a voucher scheme for affordable services for youth and weekly radio talk show on popular youth stations.

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 use this platform, and the grant to support a creative social media campaign targeting increasing awareness on family planning. Using insights generated from the Human Centred Design, this campaign would run short clips and images highlighting everyday instances young people experience when they want to relate sex, and their future, not wanting to have babies, but not knowing how to say no, or that they have a choice, and where to get the right information to make a good choice for them.

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