STORIES FROM THE FIELD
PMA2020's blog series, “Stories From the Field” puts the spotlight on our in-country teams and their perspectives and reflections from the field, highlighting the incredible work being done by our resident enumerators, field supervisors and central team.
Assumpta Nangonzi is a resident enumerator (RE) with PMA2020/Uganda. Assumpta’s background is in environment health science (she holds a degree in this field), although her passion spans multiple areas within global health. Assumpta heard about PMA2020 from Dr. Frederick Makumbi (Principal Investigator for PMA2020/Uganda) and started working as an RE in 2014 during the first round of data collection in Uganda and has been with the project since.
In addition to being a PMA2020 RE, Assumpta is also a Program Officer for Policy and Advocacy at a global advocacy organization called Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA-Uganda) in Kampala. As both an advocate and a researcher, Assumpta is exposed to unique perspectives that allow her to speak credibly and passionately in both realms. She recognizes that family planning evidence and data are necessary to build a platform for advocacy and win over stakeholders. She cites PMA2020 as the main data source for her family planning advocacy.
While most people were prepping for the holidays last month, data management teams from two of PMA2020’s Francophone geographies, DRC and Niger, were busy organizing a collaborative data management workshop. The Niger team – consisting of co-data managers Abdou Maina and Ibrahim Maazou– hosted the workshop at the offices of the “Institut National de la Statistique du Niger (INS)”, PMA2020’s implementing partner in Niger. Maazou and Maina were joined by DRC Data Manager Michel Kayembe Bikulu and Assistant Data Manager Maurice Kabango Mutuale.