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Ibrahima Traore

Ibrahima Traore
Position: Youth Program Coordinator
Organization: PSI Mali
Having worked as a volunteer; Engaged with great experience for family planning,he weaving relationships in various national and international travel;certified trainer in health services for youth – Edouard Keita, President of young ambassadors for reproductive health and family planning in Mali at MALI Association For the Protection and Promotion of the Family
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I worked for three as a volunteer in the field of family planning to create demand for the use of family planning services. I then had the chance to coordinate a specially young program to provide famliliale planning services. I organize awareness activities for family planning through radio and television broadcasts, debates, lectures at the school structures and conferences. I continue to work in that same progrramme.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In my country, Mali, has a young population: 65% are under 25 and 60% of Malian women had their first pregnancy to 19 years.
One in five girls had their first sexual intercourse before age 15 and 15% of maternal deaths occur among adolescents
Unmet need for family planning (FP) are very high among young married women: 23% for those aged 15 to 19 years and 25% for those aged 20 to 24 years. Among women not sexually active in union, 55% have an unmet need for FP (EDS V 2012-2013).
In addition to all that, talking about sex is taboo. That is why I am committed long ago in favor of family planning.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The challenges I am facing is, it is the lack of information on contraceptive methods, religious beliefs that were obstacles, lack of structure providing contraceptive services, inadequate contraception products. But thanks to the efforts of the Government, international health organizations such as PSI Mali, much progress has been made. Through advocacy, many religious leaders are for family planning, many health providers are trained to provide contraceptive services, case compplications are supported, structures that offer contraceptive services are many and all this makes my work in creating demand, awareness.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

My country is Mali, located in West Africa. The Greatest Challenges for me is the lack of involvement of youth and men in promoting family planning; the reluctance of some religious and TRADITIONAL leaders. slow policy makers at large adopterdes law in favor of family planning.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

in the next five years, I hope through my project to provide family planning services to achieve measurable and efficient résulatts.
I wish through existing health structures, integrating contraceptive services package tailored to young people considering everything a young asks a health facility youth friendly.
I want to use social networks in my strategy

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