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Ismaila Ahmed-Mohammed

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Ismaila Ahmed-Mohammed - 2017 Nominee
Position: Public Health Physician
Organization: Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians (WACP) in Community Health from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital Sokoto, Nigeria/West African College of Physicians
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Public Health
Master of Health Economics
Certificate in Economic Evaluation of Health Care
Certificate in Community Development
Dr. Ahmed has shown exemplary leadership to his peers and subordinates in areas with great impact on family planning uptake, notably; advocacy and community engagement, demand creation as well as training health care providers on service delivery. – Kehinde Awosan, Lecturer and Consultant Public Health Physician at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In Marie Stopes International (Nigeria) implemented projects funded by UNFPA (SENFUN &CHOICE) and USAID's FH+ I led and supported the training of over 400 service providers (doctors, nurses/midwives and CHEWs) on LARCs across Kebbi, Sokoto, Kaduna and Adamawa states. Led and supported FP advocacy in these states, signing MoU between MSI and the state governments, led in community engagement, demand generation and outreaches to remote and hard to reach areas.
During my residency training, I served as FP role model for other residents, medical students, nurses/midwives & CHEWs, training and updating them on latest issues on FP
I created a group; 'family and friends focus', focusing on young couples, adolescents. In 6 months we've been able to provide over 300 groups with FP info & services

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Being from a core northern state of Nigeria where high fertility is the order of the day, for instance, my mother is the 3rd of 11 children of her mother, I am the 2nd of her 10 living children (she had 16 pregnancies and 14 live birth), my wife happens to be the last of her mother's 12 living children, there are many more like them up till date. Exposure to medical education made me to understand and appreciate the benefit of family planning and ever since I have been involved in promoting it.

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

In my community, families (even poor ones) spend a lot during wedding and naming ceremonies of first born child. So because of the cost of wedding some discretely give the bride FP before the wedding to avoid getting pregnant early. Trained providers frowned at it, and as such those who need it finds it difficult to access it. I taught the service providers on voluntary and right based FP services, I made them understand the benefit of wanted pregnancy and the consequences of unwanted pregnancy

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? :

I will put the money into the 'family & friends focus' group to train & empower between 5 to 10 youths and adolescents (opinion leaders among their peers) in each LGA of Sokoto with information on FP services. I will provide them with the advocacy pack I and my wife developed which contained our true life experiences and practical scenarios to demonstrate the advantage of delaying, spacing and limiting pregnancies on the mother's and children health, education and economic well being.

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