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Abdul Malek Faize

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Abdul Malek Faize - 2017 Nominee
Position: Family Planning National Program Officer
Organization: UNFPA
Current Location: Afghanistan
MD from Kabul Medical University
Established strong partnership with religious leaders on promotion of FP in Afghanistan and based on this a national declaration signed by more than 600 influential religious leaders on support of FP – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Established strong partnership with religious leaders and mobilized around 600 religious leaders to sign a national declaration on support of FP and since 2012 trained around 1500 religious leaders on FP
Initiate a national momentum for promotion of FP involved women civil society, Youth, high school teacher’s and journalist
Introduce male involvement in FP concept and develop LRP on male involvement in FP
Initiate partnership with private health sector on FP and for the first time in 2015 MOPH signed MoU with 22 private clinics to provide free FP services
In 2014 Introduced Implant as a new method of FP and expand it to 50 clinics in four provinces
Introduced WHO ME wheel , CHWs DMT and GH book and translated to local languages and distributed to 2000 FP clinics

What sparked your passion for family planning?

After 5 years still I remember the tears of my neighbor Fatima a 15 years old girl when she was begging his father in-law to allow her to go to school but his answer was “No because you are pregnant”. This early pregnancy killed all her future dreams because in my village talking about contraceptives was a taboo and its use was declared a sin by village Masque scholar. The tears of Fatima sparked my passion to promote FP and prevent young girls facing Fatima

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

One main example is the establishment of a strong partnership with religious leaders on a sensitive topic which is FP in Afghanistan and mobilized the influential religious leaders from around the country to sign a national declaration in support of FP

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I will use this grant to award and recognize the active Female volunteer Community Health Workers providing Family Planning services in very remote and insecure area of Afghanistan and helping women and children to be healthy

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
discussion with a community health workers in a remote village on how she is providing FP services , interviewing a father to find out why he is not allowed her wife to use FP

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