Meet Irene: The Family Planning advocate and counselor
She was in a village with her father and life was all rosy. When her mother died, the stepmother mistreated her that she couldn’t bear it any longer. She decided to go to her aunt in Kibaale District, who was later transferred to Naama HCIII as a nurse in Mityana District. Her aunt then requested A4HU Family Planning champions at Ssekanyonyi Sub-County to include Irene as one of the champions. She started out as a peer educator with Action 4 Health Uganda, little did she know that she would turn out to be a peer educator/counselor, causing a change in young people’s lives. Through the sensitization sessions carried out by youth champions, Irene does peer counseling to fellow young people; she is a facilitator in synovial where for the period worked she has reached more than 50 youth. A4HU empowered her socially and economically and has helped fellow peers. Since 2017, she has taught other young people to be visionary, advocate for family planning funding, assertive and healthy. With her support, they’ve formed a saving club where members keep 1,000shillings per week. She says that saving culture is one of the aspects that are taught by A4HU because this is lacking in her community.