Dr Sheila Macharia

Dr Sheila Nyawira Macharia is the Managing Director for the FP2030 East and Southern Africa Regional Hub

Dr Sheila Macharia

Managing Director, East and Southern Africa Regional Hub, FP2030

Dr Sheila Nyawira Macharia is the Managing Director for the FP2030 East and Southern Africa Regional Hub. She a Public Health Expert, with extensive experience in the field of Adolescent Health, Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. She has A Master of Public Health and a Fellowship in Population and Development from the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, U.S.A. She is also a Recipient of the Marjorie Horn Award from USAID/Washington for “Sustained leadership, tireless efforts moving Family Planning/Reproductive Health evidence to practice.”

At present she is also serving as a Director on the Board of the UCSF Global Programs. She has served as a strategy advisor on various assignments for USAID Washington, USAID Malawi, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Kenya, developing health program strategies, formulating policy recommendations, and evaluating global health activities.

All Sessions by Dr Sheila Macharia

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Championing Youth Leadership in the SRHR/Family Planning Sector: Lessons from FP2030

Led by FP2030.

The sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and youth must be met to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within the 10-29 demographic, there are SRH challenges faced by youth of all genders, but adolescent girls bear unique needs, aspirations, and compounding challenges. Focusing on adolescents and youth increases sustainability, has a three-generation impact, and decreases the need for future social behavior change interventions as their behaviors are shaped during adolescence. FP2030, a global partnership centered solely on family planning works with youth leaders and advocates as part of its group of technical leaders who oversee the country’s FP2030 commitment to family planning. This session’s focus aligns with the third conference theme: Advancing Women’s Leadership in Health. Specifically, the discussion will focus on best practices for promoting future women’s and youth leadership as a critical path to the success of the FP2030 partnership and building its legacy and future leaders in FP service delivery, policy advocacy, and research.

Opening Remarks: Dr Samukeliso Dube, Executive Director, FP2030

Moderator: Dr Sheila Macharia, Managing Director FP2030 ESA Hub

1. Ms. Shalom Mwape, Youth leader Zambia
2. Ms. Ninabina Davie Kitururu, Youth leader Tanzania
3. Ms. Sesilia Shirima, CSO/YLO