Sylivia Kyomuhendo

Founder & Director

Sylivia is responsible for driving the mission of the organisation and overseeing the operation. Sylivia was born and raised in Syanjonja village one of the remote hardest to reach village in Namayingo district-Uganda where accessing a health facility was a nightmare due to combined factors of poverty and long distances (difficulties and expenses in transportation). They had to always walk for over 25 kilometers to access a nearby health facility. Due to this, Sylivia lost her beloved sister and the newborn niece. Sarah safely delivered at home, but bled heavily afterwards and eventually died. Worst of it all, the newborn baby was born with spina bifida and her family members and neighbours muchly believed it was witchcraft and took her to a shrine to the witchdoctor to be cleansed of the demons they truly believed were attacking her, unfortunately Malaika also died. She turned her frustrations and sad experience of lack of healthcare services into a motivation and dedication to breaking the barriers to accessing and utilizing maternal child health care services in her community of origin and Uganda at large.

Sylivia is a 2020 Savvy Fellow, Uganda's 1st Runner-up and Top Female Entrepreneur of the year in the 2019 Total Startupper of the year competitions, Selected as a 2021 One Young World fellow – Germany Munich, under the Young Health Programme Scholarship Supported by AstraZeneca, Member of the CIVICUS Alliance, Member of the Consortium of Grassroots based Development Partners, Member of the NCD Alliance, Uganda's Representative & Fellow at South & East Africa Preconception Care Group, Uganda's Representative & Fellow at World Birth Defects Day Movement.

Sylivia has as well been selected as a key note speaker at numerous national and international summits including the 9th International conference on Birth Defects & Disabilities in Developing Countries held in Sri Lanka – Colombo, a World Health Organisation - Geneva led symposium at ICBD 2020, Congenital Birth Defects Surveillance Workshop in Kampala - Uganda. Organized by WHO Regional Office for Africa and WHO Geneva together with March of Dimes and CDC Atlanta, F The European Policy and Expert Summit on Preconception Health in The Hague – Netherlands, The World Health Organisation (W.H.O), Geneva & March of Dimes 2019 World Birth Defects Day Commemoration webinar, The 1st Annual National Health Promotion Conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo – Kampala, Uganda.

Sylivia holds a bachelor's degree in Community Based Rehabilitation from Kyambogo University. She is currently pursuing Masters in Public Health. She also holds various qualifications including Certificate in Compassionate Communication at Center for Nonviolent Communication from Kenya, Certificate of Start and Improve Your Business at Federation of Uganda Employers in collaboration with International Labour Organisation, Certificate in Community Based Sexual and Reproductive Health - Inspire Counselling, Certificate in Uganda Sign Language - Inspire Counselling in partnership with Uganda National Association of the Deaf.

"Knowing that our work actually saves lives and shields families from health-related expenditure which would plunge them further into poverty is what I find most fulfilling and inspiring," says Sylivia.
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