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Gbadegesin Alawode

75 Public Votes Reached!
Gbadegesin Alawode - 2017 Nominee
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:
1. Bachelor of Technology in Human Anatomy
2. ICT certificate- Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
3. Peer Education Training certificate on Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS including Family Planning,
Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)
4.Research Design and Methodology Workshop Certificate, Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty Research
Training Programme (UI-MEPI-J), University of Ibadan
5.Bioethics Certificate, Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty Research Training Programme (UI-MEPI-J),
University of Ibadan
6. Proficiency Certificate in Management, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) (NIM) 2014
7. Community Organising for Action, Young African Leaders Initiative, 2015
8. Management Strategies for People and Resources, Young African Leaders Initiative, 2015
9. Creating and Maintaining Social Enterprises, Young African Leaders Initiative, 2015
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
Gbadegesin is a youth rescuer who served as a Peer Educator and Facilitator where he provided over 5000 young people with correct information on sexual and reproductive health, family planning,counseling and referrals in rural northern Nigeria. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I initiated 1000daysplus project in 2013 during my mandatory National Youth Service in Kurfi, Katsina State, where I educated rural nursing mothers on the need and importance of family planning information and services towards planning their pregnancies and improving their socioeconomic status, also empowering them to break cultural barriers and dislodge superstitious beliefs. So far, the project has reached over 400 women some of whom are victims of early marriage.
Prior to this, as a volunteer Youth Rescuer with Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Nigeria, I served as a Peer Educator and Facilitator where I provided over 1000 in and out of school young people with access to correct information on sexual and reproductive health, contraceptives, counseling and referrals.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Seeing women especially teenage girls in the North give birth to children they couldn't take care of, subjecting them to suffering, unjust culture, poverty, malnutrition, poor health and sometimes preventable death. Remembering this in addition to burgeoning population, weak FP policy and Government commitment ignited my passion for FP. I want to make sure every girl/woman have a hold on their body and future via strong policies that promotes equitable access to FP education and services.

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

Through initiating and implementing 1000daysplus project, I have worked to improve access of rural women and girls to FP information and services, get buy-in from community stakeholders to break barriers and strengthen support for FP especially in the Northern Nigeria.
Aside this, I have led advocacy visits and facilitated peer education training on sexual and reproductive health, rights including family planning information and services for over 1000 young people, pregnant women among others.

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? :

The platform will equip me with new strategies and resources in advancing family planning strategies in a multicultural setting like Nigeria, equally building network with like-minded peers. With the grant, I will initiate POLICY ALERT RESEARCH ALERT (PARA), an SMS and online platform to update & improve access of policy makers/stakeholders to new simplified FP research evidence, database, policy breakdown and share global best practices to aid and broaden FP policy formation in Nigeria

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