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Aondoaseer Leonard Viashima

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Aondoaseer Leonard Viashima - 2017 Nominee
Position: Regional Manager - North West
Organization: Marie Stopes International Organization Nigeria (MSION)
Current Location: Kano
Post Graduate Diploma from Public Administration
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Nine Conversations in leadership Certificate - World View Academy - April 2017 Abuja Nigeria
Developing Leadership Talents Certificate - Center for Creative Leadership January 2017 Lusaka Zambia
Strategies for optimizing Corporate Communication - Pan Atlantic University - August 2016 Lagos Nigeria.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    State Honors Award
    Awarding Organization:
    National Youth Service Corp and Bauchi State Ministry of Youths and Sports
    Date Awarded:
    September 30, 2007
A role model, Leo-Angelo represents a rare breed implementer of FP interventions across Northern Nigeria. A go-getter evolving high-impact cross generational activities targeting young people through innovation, social media and service delivery. – Ufuoma Omo-Obi, Country Director at Marie Stopes International
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Over time, I got trained in ASRH and have actively participated in programmes that promotes women’s health. I started out, being the first Secretary of CISHAN in Zamfara State at age 20 eventually volunteering for UNICEF National RH project in Nigeria between 2006 -2012. In that period I interacted and trained nearly 3000 young people. I joined Marie Stopes international, and led the delivery of her first public sector LARC training program in Northern Nigeria. In collaboration with the teams I led and government, we provided training, supportive supervision and mentoring to over 700 providers. I created a hash tag so that young people can communicate through social Media and have a goal Identity #zerounplannedpregnancy which is first of it’s kind amongst young people in Nigeria.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I grew up in Northern Nigeria State of Zamfara where maternal mortality was predominantly acceptable as the “will of God”, I knew a lot of these young girls & women who died, consequently I created a drive to abate these deaths. I started a community awareness group at age 19, joining forces with some Friends we started a CBO called FoCUS Nigeria. Working with Vesico Vaginal Fistula - VVF Patients was defining moment , I knew if FP was ahead we could avert VVF & reduce our MMR.

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

I developed and led a demand creation approach targeting highly religious communities which led to sustainable service up-take of contraceptives services in Bauchi and Sokoto State - Northern Nigeria where LARC uptake grew by nearly 200% in 2 years,
As youth champion, I created a social media platform (#) to engage young people, creating access to information and services. Platform was launched 2016 FP conference and has generated Conversations. #zerounplannedpregnancy

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 review, strengthen and promote the #Zerounplannedpregnancy Hash tag as a priority, this ensure that young people and women have 'Children by choice and not chance'.
I would hold an estimate of 6 Social Media Conference using the Hash tag to increase and widen reach and generate conversations that will link young people to resource, materials and information on contraceptive choices

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Social mobilization Amongst Young persons in Abuja Nigeria, Leonard Discussing with a group of service providers on the need for quality Data management and Infection prevention at a health Facility in Northern Nigeria, Leonard Talking to young people in a National Youth Service Camp about FP and other ASRH issues

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