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Jean Berchmans Uwimana

Jean Berchmans Uwimana - 2017 Nominee
Position: Rwanda chapter coordinator & Project coordinator
Organization: Medical Students for Choice & Healthy People Rwanda
Current Location: Kigali-Rwanda
Level 5 Medical student from Medicine and health sciences
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Certificate for Sexual and Reproductive Health master trainer
2. Certificate for basic and advanced advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health
3. Certificate for being trained by Planned Parenthood about Sexual and Reproductive Health in a clinical setting
4. certificate for coordinating Reaching teens with Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights through their teachers project
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Award for founding the First non-USA Globemed chapter
    Awarding Organization:
    Globemed
    Date Awarded:
    April 1, 2017
  • Award:
    Award for founding Swimming For Health Club
    Awarding Organization:
    International Swimming Federation
    Date Awarded:
    March 11, 2017
Berchmans is a medical student and project coordinator the sexual health project that reaches around 2200 high school students every year. He is MSFC student leader and heading the organizing committee for the MSFC African regional conference 2017. – Jean Christophe Rusatira, Director of Research and Development at International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am an undergraduate project coordinator of Health people Rwanda (HPR). I helped in designing, implementing and evaluating three of successful sexual and reproductive health projects among other projects that HPR has implemented over the last 4 years. I showed my dedication, passion, commitment, energy and advocacy skills using social media while reaching teens with sexual and reproductive health through schools and their teachers. Every year, this project reaches around 2200 high school students with educational tools and information on available contraceptive methods and how to access them. I have contributed to the sustainability of this program by training teachers to carry on these interventions.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Many things boost my interest in family planning but the fuel that daily drives my passion is” My story”. I was born in a village with a strong belief called “HARERIMANA”means”I give birth and God is responsible for the rest” a very careless belief. It could take a day to find a family with less than 7 children in my very poor village. Malnutrition wasn’t a disease but a normal case. Going to school wasn’t a human right but an extraordinary chance. This reflection remains the power that use.

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

In my daily Family planning activities I make sure I am involving young people for two reasons, first, I want them to learn, second, I profit them because they mean a lot in terms of passion, energy, Innovation, commitment and technology. I believe that using social media to reach the folk brings to a successful leadership. Involving higher institutions in my activities strengthen the message. I like when the activity I lead is more inclusive and democratic.

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? :

The platform will help me reach the folk by providing what i do, using social media. i will use the grant to enhance Family Planning awareness. Rwanda is a small country with 30 districts, using this structure, i will call 30 young people interested in Family Planning leadership, one young per district, i will train them, give updated materials and create their network as well online platform for consultation. I believe this to be more inclusive and supportive for the folk in rural areas.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Reaching rural community with Family planning education and explaining the impact on development, Training Family planning advocates around University of Rwanda campus , Reaching teens in High schools with sexual and reproductive health.

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