Lucetta Rukudzo Chifamba
I am a passionate, young advocate who has engaged with various organizations at national and international level that address Sexual and Reproductive Health, Family planning and HIV and AIDS related issues.
I coordinated the implementation of a global campaign I DECIDE which was launched by IPPF. I decide campaign is a call for action to the support and prioritization of SRH by our leaders, governments and relevant stakeholder in the Post 2015 development agenda. The campaign gives young people an opportunity to make informed decisions and identify key priority issues in realization of their sexual and reproductive health to be addressed.
Also worked with young people on a Family planning project within 5 tertiary institutions in Harare Zimbabwe.
Believing in the potential of young woman and the challenges they face due to the unmet needs of family planning gave me a passion to work on addressing all the issues relevant to family planning. In the love for contributing to the decrease in the numbers of maternal deaths and unsafe abortions i have committed myself and invested in family planning with special focus on young people who constitute a large proportion of total population in most African countries. I enjoy working on FP!!
The biggest challenge remains on the availability, accessibility and affordability of youth friendly family planning services. This has resulted in most young people shunning away from accessing family planning services. Have made some collaborative efforts with the government, NGOs, UN agencies, youth led networks , committed individuals and civil society organisations in addressing such challenges. Made some engagements with policy makers to prioritize family planning in all plans and efforts.
Zimbabwe is affected by many sexual and reproductive health and rights challenges among which are High HIV prevalence and unmet needs of Family planning among young adults.According to the ZDHS (2010/11), there is an unmet need for family planning of 11.6%, between woman aged 19-24 currently married and 8,3% between woman of the same age not married. This gives a total of 19.9% unmet need of family planning between young women which contrasts with the country’s 59% modern contraceptives
I would want to contribute to the increased uptake of family planning services especially by young woman and girls as they are the most affected in most countries. This will be achieved through my committed time and efforts in advocacy, implementing projects, programs and activities that are tailor made for the young people. Use of advancing technology (mostly social media platforms) to reach to the young people with information on family planning.To strengthen country network on family planning