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Francis Foday Kamara

Francis Foday Kamara - 2016 Nominee
Position: Volunteer youth at the Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL) in Freetown
Organization: Youth Action Movement
He is youth advocate in FP. He was a key speaker at the ICFP, Addis Ababa 2013. His video on access to SRH Services “A must for young people” was referenced on YouTube. Awarded by the UN Millennium Development Goals Ambassadors office in Sierra Leon – Norbert Coulibaly, Technical Specialist Family Planning/RHCS at UNFPA, West and Central régional office
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been actively involved in training of my peers; raise awareness on Adolescent reproductive health issues through, Social Media, workshops, Talk-shops and community radio discussion and role plays targeting vulnerable communities. I was one of the key speaker in the International Conference on Family planning (ICFP) held in Addis Ababa 2013 where I submitted a video on the topic ‘’Access to Sexual and reproductive health Services “A must for young people” –Referenced on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv4Bh35dKk4. It was out of this conference in Addis we founded the IYAFP. I have also been using the media (community Radio stations and Social media-Whatsapp, whatsapp, facebook and Twitter) to levergae my messge to my peers).

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up in a family of five (5) who dwell under a single aparmnet and barly survived on one meal a day. My Mother was virtually the bread winner of the home. The more I grow up the more curious I became to learn why some people are rich and some are poor like us. I figure it out in high school from a school health talks. Having many children whose up keeping cannot match your income is one major cause. I then made a resolution volunteer my time to educate families on the importance of F.P

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

The biggest challenge has been with misconception and Myths amongst young people which in turn has increase the low contraceptives uptake and has resulted to many social and reproductive health challenges. Through a project I was funded by the International Planned Parenthood Federation "Young People Talk" increased the confidentiality for young people to dicuss their suxuality issue using the social media like whatsapp groups. Its was an interactive platform which targets young people

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

WHO in their strategic plan 2016-2017 in Sierra Leone "From Ebola to Health" reported 90% drop of Family Planning Visits due to the Ebola which is an alarming figure for Sierra Leone . The unmet need for family planning including modern contracetives have been overemphasied over the years as a major challenge in my country. Low contraceptives rate

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

I want involve in intensive advocacy work that will bring about accesible and affordable service provision and conducive environment that supports the advancement of the health and welbeing of young women and girls. My approcah will be mobilising grassroot communities to engage, foster and demand positive change with regards their welbeing.

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