Dennis Ssesanga

Marie Stopes Uganda | Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Dennis Ernest Ssesanga is a public health technologist, youth advocate, published poet, science communicator, and social entrepreneur who strives to use information communication technology (ICT) to improve the health of his community.

Since May 2015, he has been working as the Marketing and Public Relations Officer at Marie Stopes Uganda, the leading sexual reproductive health organization in Uganda. In 2016, he conceptualized the first Marie Stopes Health App Challenge, a hackathon that attracted 13 universities and has been key in the development of the youth ambassador SRH program, which has helped increase uptake of reproductive health services among young people. He has been part of the team that rebranded Marie Stopes Uganda to give it a new image.

Formerly, as a Google Business Associate Intern, his team organised the Google SSA communities’ summit in 2013. While at university, he took on the lead role in a health play entitled “The Twist” that advocated for male involvement in family planning.

He has excellent engagement with informational technology and social media platforms. Previously, he worked as a Program Coordinator at Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU), where in 2014 they organized the first World AIDS Day flash mob in Kampala as a reproductive health promotion effort in getting to zero new HIV infections.

He also conducts health education and promotion activities, including edutainment—an informative performance arts approach to education. He mentors other youth activists in the use of creative and performance arts, such as plays, poetry, narrative dance, puppetry, street/community theater, and flash mobs, as a means of educating young people about HIV/AIDS, STIs, family planning, and unplanned teenage pregnancy. He is finalizing his Master’s Degree in Public Health, majoring in social marketing and health promotion.