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Esnarth Priminta

Esnarth Priminta - 2016 Nominee
Position: Presenter, Producer and Deputy Chief Reporter
Organization: Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO)
Esnarth is a SRHR radio presenter. She reaches out to youth with information and support them to make informed decisions on their lives. Her shows try to find out about youth needs and how services should be modified and designed to fit their needs. – Kennedy Chande, International Programme Coordinator at DSW
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

mostly I use the radio programmes that I present to sensitize young people particularly girls on the importance of practicing family planning and so far a lot of them have now started using contraceptives in a bid to avoid unplanned pregnancies.Young people are the ones who are mostly sexually active and getting to meet them and understand the challenges that they meet when it comes to family planning and it has helped among others to clear the myths and misconceptions that were barring young people from accessing and using contraceptives which is key in as far as family planning is concerned. and also with the progammes I have managed to reach out to young people with the right information which in turn help them to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I developed passion for family planning looking at the rapid population growth in the country and the ones who were mostly giving birth were young people as young as 13 which made me look at how this can be dealt with .Being a presenter on different youth focused programmes and getting to her some of the reasons why young people are giving birth at a tender age and finding out that some of the reasons are lack of information and services made me to dedicate myself to issues of family planning.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The biggest challenge that I have ever faced is the resistance that people show whenever it comes to involving young people in family planning issues,both religious and cultural beliefs influences young people's decision when it comes to family planning in a sense that a lot of them do not support FP using modern contraceptives and so far i did a research on how we can incorporate the faith and custodians of culuture enhancing family planning and so far it looks promising though its not easy.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

The biggest challenge in family planning is the myths and misconception surrounding the use of modern contraceptives which is biggest component of FP is making a lot of people not to embrace it.The best way of addressing this challenge is to sensitize people on how the contraceptives work to make them understand that different methods work differently in people as many of these misconceptions are spread among people based on one's experience with a certain method.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

In the next five years I would love if the fertility rate is reduced where by at least if per family people should have 2 children ,being able to delay the first pregnancy in young people whereby they should start giving birth at least when they are 20 considering the legal marriage is at 18 in the country. Raising the percentage of women and girls using contraceptives to at least 95% and also making sure that people are able to get information on family planning as well as the services.

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