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Babatunde Ajayi

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Babatunde Ajayi - 2017 Nominee
Position: Doctor, Public Health Physician, Medical Team Leader MCH NECO 2017
Organization: Naijahealth
Current Location: Nigeria
Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery from Lagos State University/Medicine and Surgery
Babatunde has been advocating for family planning for the past 4 years. Currently, as a medical team leader in the MCH NECO 2017, he leads over 25 healthcare professionals seeking to enhance innovative interventions to bridge health and social gaps. – Nana Aisha ONISAROTU, MD, Project Director, Naijahealth at Naijahealth
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As the president of the Medical Students' Association of Lagos State University, I championed a family planning initiative which involved a free medical outreach focused on the everyday market women. The fairly known Ipodo market in Lagos State, Nigeria was the primary target. I convinced the women to subscribe to family planning by educating them on the different types and working with them to decide on what kind would be optimal. I also laid emphasis on the importance and advantages of child spacing.
The initiative also involved distributing free male condoms on the 2016 world contraception day.

I participated in a Young People's Questions Answered program, volunteering with the NGO Education as a Vaccine Nigeria, where I taught 100 teenagers about contraception and provided condoms.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Overpopulation in Nigeria, especially in the northern regions where complex socio-economic factors that have an additional side effect of mass illiteracy play a huge part.

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

I trained and led a team to give talks targeted at women at the market place.

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 volunteered at a family planning clinic in Kano State, Nigeria, and apart from cultural and religious beliefs, a major limitation was lack of equipment. I want to refurbish this clinic at Bagauda, Kano, the largest state in Northern Nigeria, to assist health professionals like me who want to do more but are limited in resources. Doing this will also help solve the perennial Almajiri problem, where male children become beggars as a result of lack of care from destitute parents.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Babatunde Ajayi, speaking to one of the market women on the importance of family planning and child spacing, Here, I was discussing the family planning options available to male clients

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