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Sekela Kyomo

Sekela Kyomo - 2017 Nominee
Position: Knowledge Management and Communications Advisor
Organization: EngenderHealth
Current Location: Tanzania, East Africa
MA Mass Communication from Saint Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
BA Media, Communications and Culture, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth, Republic of South Africa
Registered Technical Teacher with the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
As a communications practitioner, Sekela helps people both young and old to articulate in their own words how family planning has positively impacted them. Her efforts have contributed significantly towards EngenderHealth's program effectiveness. – Ulla Muller, President/CEO at EngenderHealth
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I work with team members to document our successes and lessons learned as the flagship family planning (FP) program in Tanzania that covers all regions in the country. For example, in December 2015, as efforts to reduce barriers to women’s use of FP and other reproductive health (RH) services, I worked with colleagues in the '16 Days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence against Women' campaign that targeted males (18-25 years) encouraging them to share and write down actions that they would take against GBV in their communities. More than 1,200 youth (633 male) were reached over three days of the campaign and it was estimated that 560,000 people from five regions were reached through a live radio broadcast. I also promote data visualization for improved analysis to inform programming.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I had previously worked on a project that addressed severe febrile illness in children under-five in the country. I learned of family planning challenges faced by both women and health facilities that the women attended. I also learned of the efforts being made by partners towards averting maternal deaths, child deaths and unsafe abortions through FP. I want to be a part of that by applying my knowledge management and communications skills to influence policy and inform future projects.

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

Immediately after joining EngenderHealth, I provided TA on knowledge management and communications to country program staff. Thereafter, I worked with team members to identify and develop project successes and lessons learned from their areas for dissemination. I am currently providing support towards the development of knowledge products that document our innovative interventions and will be used to share lessons learned and contribute to change toward achievement of the FP2020 goal and SDGs.

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 work towards creating or identifying, as well as promoting, safe spaces for dialogue and engagement on matters related to reproductive, maternal, new born, adolescent and child health, and advancing the FP2020 goal. I will identify and work with key partners and players that will help people find solutions that will work for them, and promote partnerships that would support them. I will document best practices that will help to hold stakeholders accountable on delivering promises made.

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