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Patrick Segawa

75 Public Votes Reached!
Patrick Segawa - 2017 Nominee
Position: Founder and Team Leader
Organization: Public Health Ambassadors Uganda - PHAU
MSc. Public Health - Population and Reproductive Health from Uganda Martyrs University (UMU)
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Public Health
International Health Sciences University (IHSU)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Winner of the People’s Choice Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Knowledge for Health in partnership with Girl’s Globe
    Date Awarded:
    June 1, 2017
  • Award:
    Nominee - The Future Awards Africa Prize in Advocacy & Activism Category
    Awarding Organization:
    Future Awards Africa
    Date Awarded:
    October 1, 2015
  • Award:
    Health Promotion and Educative Arts Award
    Awarding Organization:
    International Health Sciences University - IHSU
    Date Awarded:
    February 14, 2014
Patrick's boundless energy and passion for expanding access to FP information and services in fun, engaging ways has impacted thousands of Ugandans and inspired colleagues around the globe. PHAU's magnetic approach to edutainment deserves attention. – Elizabeth Futrell, Content Development Lead, The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Patrick is a SRHR advocate, public health practitioner and social entrepreneur who strives to use information technology to improve the health of his community. He is the Founder, Team Leader and Programme Coordinator of the Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU); a not profit youth led organization that empowers young people on issues related to SRH and HIV prevention awareness through youth empowerment programs, health education, social entrepreneurship and use of ICT for Health. Patrick also conducts health education and promotion activities, including edutainment – an informative performance arts approach to education. He mentors other youth activists in the use of creative and performance arts, such as plays, poetry, narrative dance, and flash mobs, as a means of educating youths.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning derives from the dedication and commitment towards making a difference in my community. When I was growing up, I witnessed many problems that come in as a result of poor family planning in my community such as inadequate resources for education, heath care, good nutrition due to too children being raised at the same time. With a background in Public Health, It was evident how family planning can directly contribute to social and economic development of a community

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

Under my leadership at PHAU with support from PACE, we are running a youth SRHR Intervention aimed at increasing access to and demand for affordable, high quality birth spacing services through a network of private healthcare providers who offer HIV Testing, counseling and family planning services. Overall, 30 trained peer educators have been able to reach out to 10116 youths with SRH information and 8502 referred to selected facilities to receive integrated SRH services in Luwero District.

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? :

I will use the 120 under 40 platform to share success stories, experiences and challenges that affect youths from accessing youth friendly SRH information and services. The grant will be used to inaugurate an SRH Ambassadors Program for university students who will act as change agents, offer free peer to peer counseling, host FP Myths buster events, distribute FP - IEC materials, make appropriate referrals for fellow students as well as coordinating FP outreaches within their communities.

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