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Chijioke Kaduru

Chijioke Kaduru
Position: Public Health Physician
Organization: Corona Management Systems
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Dr. Kaduru works primarily to advocate for improved funding for health and especially family planning in line with Nigeria's FP policies and CIP, at National and State levels, through the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

1. Health Budget at Advocacy
Working with the AAFP, under PACFaH project, we succeeded in meaningfully engaging executive arm of govt at National level to secure funds for family planning in 2016 enacted and 2017 proposed national budgets.

2. Youth Friendly Services
With support from Marie Stopes International, I have worked to provide family planning commodities and services through a youth focused clinic in Sapele, Delta State, having served 86 young people since we started.

3. Convening Youths to the 4th Nigeria FP Conference
Worked as AAFP's youth lead to successfully convene 100 young people at FP Conference, towards deepening youth participation on FP advocacy.

4. Strengthening Media/CSO capacity on FP
Worked to train 23 CSOs and Media corps over a year on FP

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Every year in Nigeria, nearly 40,000 women die from pregnancy related complications. Thousands more are maimed or suffer sick days. These largely occur because of pregnancies that are too frequent, too many, or at ages that are too early or too late. A significant percentage of these deaths & suffering can be prevented by ensuring that girls & women have access to family planning commodities & services as a right. We therefore all have a responsibility to work to advance family planning.

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

I displayed leadership by driving the convening of over 100 young people at the Family Planning Conference, leveraging convening power of Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria and with support from intergovernmental agencies, donors and development partners. I worked with a diverse team to craft an enlightening & skill building agenda, towards increasing youth participation in family planning advocacy. I also work to lead in use of social media in FP advocacy.

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? :

My focus would be on calling attention to needs of youth & people living with disabilities (PWD) for family planning commodities & services. I would work with the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria to create space for a youth focal point in their framework to lend a youth voice to the largest convener on FP in Nigeria, in line with outcomes of the Nig FP conference. I would also work to disseminate information on FP impact on youths & PWD.

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