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Gbadegesin Alawode

Gbadegesin Alawode
Position: Research Associate/Public Health Policy and Management Specialist
Organization: Future Health Systems
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Masters of Public Health from University of Ibadan, Nigeria/Health Policy and Management
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Technology in Human Anatomy, Peer Education Training certificate On Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS including Family Planning, Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Research Design and Methodology Workshop Certificate, Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty Research Training Programme (UI-MEPI-J), University of Ibadan, Bioethics Certificate, Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty Research Training Programme (UI-MEPI-J), University of Ibadan
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Honors Award
    Awarding Organization:
    National Youth Service Corps/Katsina State Government
    Date Awarded:
    February 13, 2014
  • Award:
    Commendation Letter
    Awarding Organization:
    District Head of Kurfi, Katsina State
    Date Awarded:
    January 20, 2014
  • Award:
    Youth Shcolar
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    May 6, 2015
Gbadegesin is a strong voice and champion for sexual and reproductive health, rights. He has reached over 1000 women and girls with family planning information and services in rural northern Nigeria through his initiative 1000daysplus project. – Opeyemi Oladunni, Director of Training/Researcher at Blue Gate Public Health Initiatives
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a Youth Rescuer with Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Nigeria, I served as a Peer Educator and Facilitator where I provided over 5000 young people with correct information on sexual and reproductive health, family planning, counseling and referrals. As a Development Knowledge Facilitator with the National Youth Service Corps-MDGs, Katsina State, I initiated 1000daysplus project in partnership with the local health facility and community stakeholders where I trained rural nursing mothers in northern Nigeria on the various components of child survival strategies including access to family planning information and services, also breaking cultural barriers and superstitious beliefs. So far, the project has reached over 400 women some of whom are victims of early marriage.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I grew up in Agbowo, urban slum in Ibadan where I witnessed young promising girls fall victim of teenage pregnancy and poor women give birth to children they didn’t plan for. This shatters their dreams; increase their economic hardship while some even lose their lives to unsafe abortion. This ignited my passion for family planning, wanting to make sure every woman or girl is protected from the consequences of unwanted pregnancy through timely access to quality FP information and services.

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

Through implementing 1000daysplus project in collaboration with the local primary health care board in northern Nigeria, I have worked to get buy-in from community stakeholders and men involvement in FP thus strengthening support for women and girls to access FP information and services.
Aside this, I have led advocacy visits and facilitated peer education trainings on sexual and reproductive health, rights including family planning information and services for over 5000 young people and women.

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? :

120under40 presents a unique platform to access new ideas, strategies and efforts in promoting family planning especially in a multicultural setting like Nigeria, also building strong network and accessing needed mentorship. As a Research Associate with Future Health Systems and a trained Public Health Practitioner major in Health Policy, I want to promote FP research that will strengthen evidence for policy makers, broaden health policy and financing for FP as well as reset government agenda.

Upload photos showing yourself in the field/at work. Up to three photos.
After sensitizing pregnant women on the importance of child spacing, Mothers with their children during Family Planning Education, During Family Planning Education to rural mothers

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