Peter Ngure

2017 Winner

Position: National Team Coordinator-Advocacy
Organization: DSW Kenya
Current Location: Africa, Kenya

Masters of Arts in Rural sociology and community development

Peter Ngure is a young dynamic youth leader in Kenya highly passionate about improved health environment. He holds a master of arts degree in Sociology and Community Development from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and a bachelor of arts degree in Social work from Catholic University of East Africa. Peter is currently working at DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) as the National Advocacy Coordinator, where he has extensive technical and programmatic experience in reproductive health policy analysis and advocacy work, advocating for adoption of reproductive, maternal and child health and nutrition (RMNCH) in Kenya, where he is involved in advocacy and community development, coordination of key RH advocacy programmes, strategic development, monitoring and evaluation of projects for the last 9 years. He has had successes in production of policy briefs for five health-related policies in Kenya and also domestic funding gap analysis for the health sector, particularly maternal, child health and family planning, in 11 counties; supported the development of five (5) county-based Costed Implementation Plans for family planning (FP-CIP); supported the development of annual work plans for 8 counties prioritizing family planning; supported two counties’ integrated plans to further FP prioritization; and supported the establishment of 11 county-based youth networks and 8 county-based community health worker networks to advocate for family planning investments. He is a huge advocate for domestic resourcing for health as well as universal health coverage. He is also a Trainer of Trainers on health budget analysis and policy engagement at national and county levels, and is currently doing health budgeting analysis in 11 counties in Kenya. He has engaged the Kenyan National Assembly and the East African Legislative assembly on reproductive health bills and the African Union on FFD, and is currently on the team working on a shadow report on Kenyans’ performance on SDG and its reporting as well as the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). He is passionate about human rights and also keen on evidence-led changes in East Africa.

“Peter has successfully advocated for prioritization for family planning in county budgets and plans;through his efforts for example, Nakuru county has developed a family planning costed implementation plan.He also mentors youths on family planning


Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In the last three years, I have been able to conduct budget analysis for family planning in 8 counties in Kenya as well as do evidence based family planning budget advocacy in 4 of the counties. I have been successful in incorporation of a budget-line for Reproductive health/Family planning in Nakuru, Nyandarua and Laikipia counties. I have, together with partners, supported the Nakuru county government come up with its Family planning costed implementation plan 2017-2022 which will secure resources for family planning in Nakuru.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The Increasing use of emergency pills and procurement of abortion by Kenyan college fraternity has been an issue in my mind since my days as a student leader in University. The number of girls coming over to ask for assist at the student office as well as the general conversation in campus on who and who have gotten pregnant was of great concern to me. When most came for information from our office, I felt there was a huge gap in young people reproductive health arena that needed intervention

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

I have led the DSW Kenya team in conducting family planning budget analysis and this information when disseminated to the counties has led to great changes. West Pokot county have created an FP budget-line, Nakuru has put 36 million into RH and Kilifi now has a proposed budget-line of FP funds in the 2016/17 financial year.
I have successfully trained FP youth champions in 8 counties who now have FP networks that push for investments in family planning for development.

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?

Making family planning cool for the youth is critical so that we have safe spaces for young people to acquire information and also have open dialogue with health workers on Family planning. I would use the resources to support 4 youth champions in Laikipia to ensure that they advocate to the county as well as have peer learning on Family planning. I would spend half of it to support/equip a youth friendly center to ensure youth have a safe space offering them services and information.

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