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Grace Nakajje

Grace Nakajje - 2017 Nominee
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: Grace Works Initiative
Master of Science degree in Public Health from International Health Sciences University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
-Post Graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management at Uganda Management Institute (2017)
-Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Ndejje University (2013)
-Diploma in Journalism from UMCAT (2003)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    International Humanitarian Ambassador
    Awarding Organization:
    International Women Achievers Awards, Toronto, Canada
    Date Awarded:
    March 5, 2016
  • Award:
    Best African Female Communicator
    Awarding Organization:
    United Methodist Communicators' Association
    Date Awarded:
    October 24, 2011
Nakajje has mobilized and built a health facility to promote safe motherhood and child survival. Mothers are now receiving counseling on family planning at the facility. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have mobilized and built a village health facility aiming at promoting safe motherhood and child survival in the community of Bukomolo, Kibuku District in eastern Uganda. Mothers and their husbands are now jointly receiving counseling about family planning and now the fertility rate which was above 6.8 is reducing to 4.6. There is also a program of nutrition and food security where mothers and their husband are educated on the importance of keeping their children healthy. This program so far supports 49 families with improved agricultural seeds. Also in this community, people used to walk 10 miles away from their homes to access the nearest health facility to get treatment. This facility is reaching a population of 20,000 people across the three districts of Budaka, Kibuku and Pallisa.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Being born in a family of twelve (12) children and seeing how my parents struggled to provide food on table for all of us, keeping all of us healthy and to get education was a manse. Worse more, I saw my one year old youngest brother die helpless because we were too poor to afford even a bicycle for my father and mother to take the sick child to the nearest health facility that was about 10 miles away. Also the saying in my village "produces many to avoid loosing all" yet they can't takecare.

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

Founder Grace Works Initiative that provides healthcare to women, children and their families in under served communities.
I author a book “Voice in the Jungle” that brings to light the Africa crisis of Female Genital Mutilation, early marriages and girl education. I believe giving African girls and women education is one way to motivate and help them to become creative and recognize validity of other ways of thinking beyond culture and perceiving the importance of having planned families.

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? :

Because I value diversity, I will use this new platform to enhance creativity and sustainability in my family planning skills. I will use the money to expand the program of nutrition and food security in Bukomolo to double the beneficially families in Uganda. If several families are empowered to keep their families healthy, then they will have hope for their children to live and erase the fears of loosing them hence reducing the numbers of children a woman can have and improving their lives.

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
During ground breaking prayers at Bukomolo, I mobilized clothings from corporate companies and distributed to women, children and men as one way to bring them together to sensitize them about family planning and other health insues, Village meeting with elders in Bukomolo. The elders provided land where the health facility is built

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