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Uganda Youth Alliance for Family Planning and Adolescent Health (UYAFPAH)


Knowledge SUCCESS loves feedback from our readers. We want to hear how our resources benefit your work, how we can improve, and your ideas for the site. Recently, you’ve mentioned wanting more insights specific to your countries and the context you work in. Say no more! We’ll be featuring organizations working at the national level in a series called “FP/RH Champion Spotlight.” Our goal is to spark new partnerships and give well-deserved credit to those advancing family planning and reproductive health with a regional focus.

This week, our featured organization is Uganda Youth Alliance for Family Planning and Adolescent Health (UYAFPAH).

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Organization

Uganda Youth Alliance for Family Planning and Adolescent Health (UYAFPAH)

Location

Kampala, Uganda

UYAFPAH staff engage adolescents in domesticating ASRH information for both in- and out-of-school young people. Image credit: UYAFPAH
UYAFPAH staff engage adolescents in domesticating ASRH information for both in- and out-of-school young people. Image credit: UYAFPAH

The Work

The Uganda Youth Alliance for Family Planning and Adolescent Health’s (UYAFPAH) primary mission is advocating for positive change in health matters that affect young people in Uganda.

We educate young people on issues to do with behavioral change, menstrual hygiene, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), family planning, HIV and other STIs, and hepatitis B. We hold capacity-building trainings on livelihood skills, economic empowerment, and self-awareness.

UYAFPAH promotes high-quality, high-impact, and gender-sensitive SRHR information for the most vulnerable and most at- risk populations of young people (10-35 years) in Uganda through capacity strengthening, issue-specific advocacy, and strategic partnerships for community and school dialogues. We aim to improve access to and the acceptability of family planning and reproductive health services for adolescents and youth by using a human-rights based approach.

An African woman and three thought bubbles. There's an IUD in one, a health clinic in another, and a conversation in the third
Irene Alenga

Knowledge Management and Community Engagement Lead, Advocacy Accelerator

Irene is an established social economist with over 13 years’ experience in research, policy analysis, knowledge management, and partnership engagement. As a researcher, she has been involved in the coordination and implementation of over 20 social economic research projects in various disciplines within the Eastern African Region. In her work as a Knowledge Management Consultant, Irene has been involved in health-related studies through work with public health and technology-focused institutions in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi where she has successfully teased out impact stories and increased visibility of project interventions. Her expertise in developing and supporting management processes, lessons learned, and best practices is exemplified in the three-year organizational change management and project closure process of the USAID| DELIVER and Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) 10-year project in Tanzania. In the emerging practice of Human Centered Design, Irene has successfully facilitated a positive end to end product experience through conducting user experience studies while implementing the USAID| DREAMS Project amongst adolescent girls and young women (AGYWs) in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Irene is well-versed in resource mobilization and donor management, especially with USAID, DFID, and EU.

Cozette Boakye

Communications Officer, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Cozette Boakye is a Communications Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. Through her work, she leads communications campaigns for East Africa and Asia, develops content, and provides overall communications support for project-related activities. Her passion spans across health communications, family planning and reproductive health disparities, and design thinking as a strategy to shaping social change globally. Cozette holds a B.S. in Public Health Sciences from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Elizabeth Tully

Senior Program Officer, Knowledge SUCCESS / Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Elizabeth (Liz) Tully is a Senior Program Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She supports knowledge and program management efforts and partnership collaborations, in addition to developing print and digital content, including interactive experiences and animated videos. Her interests include family planning/reproductive health, the integration of population, health, and the environment, and distilling and communicating information in new and exciting formats. Liz holds a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from West Virginia University and has been working in knowledge management for family planning since 2009.

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