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Abu Sayed Hasan

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Abu Sayed Hasan - 2017 Winner
Position: Family Planning Specialist
Organization: United Nations Population Fund
Current Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Masters of Public Health from State University of Bangladesh
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Diploma on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, 2016
Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research, The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, WHO; May- November 2014
Abu Sayed Hasan is currently working in UNFPA-Bangladesh as Technical Officer-FP&ASRH and has been managing a large-scale reproductive health program with MOH&FW and NGOs. He has been providing technical guidance to the national and subnational-level government officials for strengthening delivery and access to equitable, effective and quality family planning and ASRH services. He has extensive experience working in different capacities at the international (Nigeria), national and sub-national levels with MOH&FW, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and GAVI. He is passionate about meeting the standard sexual and reproductive health rights for all women and adolescents across the globe. Abu has dedicated his life to championing rights based quality family planning information and services for all the disadvantaged communities. He played a catalytic role in reactivating the FP2020 Bangladesh Country Engagement Working Group (BCEWG) so that the country could move towards achieving FP2020 commitments and involved the development of the six-year costed implementation plan (CIP) for the national FP programme (2015-2020), the implementation of which will be key in achieving the FP2020 commitments. He has designed an innovative program to generate evidence to advocate for reaching newlywed couples through engaging marriage registers and religious leaders to delay adolescent pregnancy. He led the working group to develop a national action plan on postpartum, post-menstrual-regulation and post-abortion-care family planning and inclusion of Implant and progesterone-only pill (POP) as immediate PPFP methods. He provided technical support to finalize National Maternal Health Strategy and led the Technical Working Group on Family Planning and ARSH. He was also instrumental in developing national family planning manual and adapting and translating the latest WHO medical eligibility criteria in Bangladesh. He was instrumental in introducing and implementing national family planning campaign through the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), in the low-performing districts and sub districts to enhance the demand for family planning among adolescents and youth and to reduce the unmet contraceptive need and user dropouts.
Hasan brings together passion, innovation and hard work to family planning. From serving populations in remotest parts of the country to now a technical advisor to the government, Hasan has gone strength to strength and for him, sky is the limit. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have introduced and implemented national family planning campaign through the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), in the 9 lowest performing districts and 27 sub districts to enhance the demand for family planning among adolescent and youth and to reduce the unmet contraceptive need and user dropouts. I have been able to reach 78,000 adolescents both the married and unmarried through campus activation, adolescent club meetings, orientation in urban slums and trained service providers on positive attitude towards adolescent.
I played a catalytic role in reactivating the FP 2020 Bangladesh Country Engagement Working Group (BCEWG) so that the country could move towards achieving FP 2020 commitments and its goals.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In Bangladesh, unmet need for Family Planning among married women has decreased from 14 % in 2011 to 12 % in 2014. But unmet need for FP is highest among married teenage girls, at 17% compared with 12% of women aged 15-49 which sparked my interest in Family Planning program to reach those vulnerable groups. Adolescent fertility rate is highest in Bangladesh among south-east Asian countries where 65% of girls are married before reaching the legal age of 18 and 31% of them begun childbearing.

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

I led the working group to develop national action plan on postpartum, post MR and PAC family planning and inclusion of Implant and progesterone only pill (POP) as immediate PPFP methods.
I was also instrumental in developing national family planning manual and adapting and translating the WHO Medical eligibility criteria in Bangladesh.
I also provided technical support to finalize National Maternal Health Strategy and led Technical Working Group on Family Planning and ARSH.

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 have designed an innovative program to generate evidence to advocate for reaching newlywed couples through engaging marriage registers and religious leaders to delay adolescent pregnancy in Bangladesh. I will use the grant to sensitize religious leaders and community gatekeepers by explaining to them the negative health effects of early pregnancy and to support the newly married young couples for delayed pregnancy and healthy spacing by using modern contraceptives.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Providing on job training to the service providers , Attending TV talk show on FP, Advocacy meeting at district

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