As a co-founder of International Youth Alliance for Family Planning i have worked with the members and leadership team to grow the organisation from an entity that started as a group discussion to an organisation with over 40 country coordinators and 1,500 members. Also as the co-founder of HACEY Health Initiative i have the led the organisation since October 2007 to implement programs in the most rural areas and urban slums of Nigeria so as to help women and young people have access to family planning information and services. so far my work has directly reached over 10,000 women and girls especially in the Northern part of Nigeria.Through our program we have been able to overcome cultural barrier in several communities thereby encouraging men to discuss family planning with their spouse
I studied physiology for my B.Sc. Many of our projects happened in the laboratory. The quest to transform scientific knowledge into big relevance in the society is what increased my interest in reproductive health. I saw many girls and women give birth to children they dont want. Many times this crash their dreams. I wanted to help women and girls change their own story by making sure that quality family planning information and service is always available whenever they need it.
Implementing a family planning program in Northern part of Nigeria was a big challenge. It is against almost everyone's belief and culture. But i worked with my team to make sure that we got community buy in and the buy in of the traditional leaders. This made it easy to implement the program and we have been able to use the success story from one community to convince leaders across other communities where we have implemented over 10 family planning programs.
Policy formulation and implementation is a big challenge for family planning interventions in Nigeria. We do not have strong policies that encourages the provision of quality family planning education and services for all. In order to address this challenge we strengthen existing institutions and also encourage government to make family planning and service a big priority in the health agenda. When institutions are strengthened they become useful tools to drive policy implementation
An organisation that has directly provided quality family planning information and services to over 50,000 women and girls in Nigeria. I want my organisation to be the lead partner of the government in accelerating impact of family planning programs.