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Joyce Ampumuza

Joyce Ampumuza - 2017 Nominee
Position: Social Worker
Organization: Deutsche Stiftung Weltebevolkerung Uganda
Current Location: Lubowa -Wakiso
Bachelors Degree from Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate in Creative Facilitation
Joyce coordinates the Youth Truck project which puts emphasis on disseminating SRHR information including Family planning to the hard to reach communities in Uganda. Its a mobile van with a public address system that facilitates to reach many people. – Naigaga Phionah Fortunate, Social worker/ winner 120under40 2016 at Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevolkerung
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Joyce coordinates the Youth Truck project which gives access to information and training to millions of young People in SRHR including Family planning to the hard to reach communities and most at risk populations in Uganda. Equipped with a public address system, a mobile outreach van provides youth friendly educational sessions by means of a mobile cinema for up to 1000 viewers. I also ensure that students are empowered with life skills and SRHR information to make informed decisions and healthy choices which has led to a reduction in school dropout rates, teenage pregnancies.I Work with women, youth, persons’ with disability groups and ensure they mobilize their peers to access Family services and information during the outreaches in the hard to reach areas.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The myths and misconceptions people especially women have on modern contraceptives lured me to go in ground and educate and sensitive people. many have stopped using contraceptives simply because they don't have right information on management of side effects,contra-indications, men don't support them to use contraceptives.The wish I have for every woman to have a baby by choice not by chance motivates me to continue empowering women to change their attitude and beliefs towards family planning

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

I coordinate the work of 216 peer educators and ensure they conduct SRH outreaches to their communities. I also lead mobilization team at the ministry of heath and National population council for world population day and safe motherhood day given that i coordinate the youth truck which is key in carrying out mobilization for the events activities and i have received praises on several occasions for the job well done.

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? :

It will be an opportunity for me to network with the rest of the winners,share experiences and best practices and adopting them to my interventions in the communities. training of more peer educators in the hard to reach communities so that they cascade the information to the rest of their peers and communities. Will also organize service delivery outreaches to the most at risk populations like fishing communities and commercial to ensure that they access family planning services and information

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