Felix Richard Manyogote
Position: Medical doctor/Medical director
Organization: Women Deliver/Youth Against Barriers
Current Location: Mwanza-Tanzania
Bachelor Degree from Doctor of Medicine
Award:UN GLOBAL GOALS AWARDS-2017Awarding Organization:Bill & melinda Gates foundation/UNICEFDate Awarded:September 20, 2017
Award:The future Africa awardsAwarding Organization:The future ProjectDate Awarded:December 11, 2015
Award:Tanzania Young professional awardAwarding Organization:proactive Employment SolutionDate Awarded:May 21, 2015
“Dr. Felix Manyogote has been spearheading advocacy campaign to amplify the voices of young women in an effort to hold the government of Tanzania accountable to its youth related FP2020 commitment and has also has been advocating for female condoms.
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.
After losing my aunt in 2013 on child birth, I began to focus my work on reducing maternal mortality rates in Tanzania.
Since 2017 i started advocacy campaign to amplify the voices of young women in an effort to hold the government of Tanzania accountable to its youth related FP2020 commitment including ensuring full implementation of the national adolescent sexual and reproductive health policy and advocating for female condoms.
We have been working to mobilize 10 communities to create awareness and campaign for promoting use of female condoms and challenge myths, stigma and stereo types associated with female condoms and network and link up with various stakeholders at national level for positive policy as away of promoting family planning and reducing maternal mortality.
What sparked your passion for family planning?
I was born and raised in a rural setting where rates of Unintended pregnancy, maternal mortality, unsafe abortions and HIV infection among women are unacceptably high. Many women have insufficient information about sexual and reproductive health education and are powerless to protect themselves from HIV/STI infections and unintended pregnancies.
Thus the need for effective options to protect women’s health and future fertility as a vital component of family planning sparked my passion.
Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:
I have been organizing medical doctors, nurses, community health workers and medical students for free health outreach programs in different communities of Tanzania on family planning education and have been spearheading advocacy campaign to amplify the voices of young women in an effort to hold the government of Tanzania accountable to its youth related FP2020 commitment including ensuring full implementation of the national adolescent sexual and reproductive health policy (NASRHP) .
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?
This platform will enrich me with requisite knowledge and skills to drive family planning forward and improvement of maternal health in Tanzania.I expect to use the $1000 grant to expand my initiative to more 5 villages in the peripheral of Mwanza-Tanzania reaching
more than 200,000 women directly with family planning options creating and equipping.