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Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN, CGDP

Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN, CGDP
Position: FP2020 Expert Advisory Community Member / SRHR & Gender Nurse Consultant
Organization: Senior Associate for FP, Zuellig Family Foundation
Alvin was youth chair of the RH Advocacy Network. He is part of the TWG of the RH Bill in the Philippine Congress and the RH law rules & regulations dra committee appointed by government's Health Ministry. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Alvin Dakis is a registered nurse by profession who was trained as a RH & FP service provider and is a certified counselor for HIV by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH). Alvin is also a certified practitioner and trainer on Gender and Development (GAD) by the Philippine Commission on Women. He was a member of the Senate Committee on Health that finalized the Senate RH Act, and later was appointed by the Health Secretary as a co-author of the Responsible Parenthood & Reproductive Health Law Implementing Rules & Regulations which later earned him to become the youngest member of the DOH National Implementation Team. He was a former Health & Gender Chair and appointee of the Philippine President on the National Anti-Poverty Commission Youth & Students Sectoral Council from 2011-2015.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I started my advocacy as an HIV & AIDS awareness advocate. It was personal because of the HIV scare back then in the early 2000s and it was used to threaten a lot of young people. I studied HIV using the online materials I was able to research and since then I started to get interested with it. It helped me propelled my passion to pursue my nursing course. When I graduated and became a professional nurse, I got highly involved in public health prompting me to widen my advocacy from HIV to FP.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

Many of the senior nurses I encountered were conservatives and FP was viewed only as a portion of Maternal & Child Health. In different dialogues I emphasized the key elements of Reproductive Health and started an advocacy group encouraging more nurses to focus and specialize their practice to RH & FP. We pursued in organizing the RH Society of Nurses despite bottlenecks and opposition from then members of the Board of Nursing.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

As a young population, the Philippines continue to encounter challenges in rising adolescent pregnancies and increasing infections among young Filipinos. The Philippines need to re-focus its initiatives and programs through the following: (1) supplemental policies to increase support to adolescents, (2) increase financing of adolescent/youth health programs, (3) sensitize & build competencies of service providers, (4) ensure adolescent-friendly health facilities & services

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I will initiate building a database of information on adolescent sexual & reproductive health (ASRH) in a systemic level and use this information to initiate inputs to the service delivery network for ASRH. In concurrence with developing a systemic database for ASRH, I will continue to train and develop more young policy advocates that will later ensure initiatives are sustained and accounted for.

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