Kizanne James

Kizanne James
Position: Medical Doctor/World Contraception Day Ambassador 2016/Women Deliver Young Leader/Chevening Scholar
Organization: Caribbean Youth for Philanthropy/Women Deliver
Current Location: United Kingdom
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
MSc. Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care (2017)
Courses: Self Leadership, Leading Others, Strategic Management, Coaching, Governance in Action
Dissertation Topic- Barriers to Women's Advancement into Health Leadership Positions
Bachelor of Medical Sciences
BSc. Biology Emphasis in Zoology
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Award for Excellence in Leadership, Outstanding Leadership, Premier Award for Excellence in Leadership, President's Award
    Awarding Organization:
    University of the West Indies
    Date Awarded:
    April 23, 2015
  • Award:
    Women in Science Engineering and Technology Gold Award
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Southampton
    Date Awarded:
    March 22, 2017
  • Award:
    Most Outstanding Young Alumni Award
    Awarding Organization:
    University of the Southern Caribbean
    Date Awarded:
    November 10, 2015
Kizanne is a Medical Doctor&Women's Rights Activist passionate about improving access&providing information about family planning within a culture where myths exist. She pays voluntarily visits to juvenile prisons, universities&everywhere youth are. – Margaret Bolaji, Program Officer at Population and Reproductive Health Initiative
Kizanne is a multi-award-winning medical doctor with a 15-yr leadership history including advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights of Women and Girls in the Caribbean. In 2016 she created a mobile app to promote SRHR in the region. – Teocah Dove, Youth Development Consultant
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have promoted Family Planning ever since medical school. Upon my completion, I voluntarily gave sexual health talks, at local institutions including prison. A challenging thing to do in a culture where discussing sex, especially with unmarried young people is still taboo. In 2016, I was selected to become a World Contraception Day Ambassador and understanding what the needs were in my culture and the barriers to young people learning about family planning; I developed a phone application that contained information about the different types of contraception and where they can be accessed free of cost in Trinidad and Tobago. I also built a website and interviewed over 72 persons from different parts of Trinidad and Tobago, to find out their opinions on contraception.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning originated from personal experience and the experience of persons close to me. I have had friends who for the lack of accurate FP information, made lifelong decisions that they have regretted. FP is so crucial to human living, yet not taught enough to young people. FP affects every aspect of human life, social, financial and emotional. My passion comes from wanting the best for my people.

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

As World Contraception Day Ambassador, I managed a team of volunteers and a budget of $5000 USD to create a project that would be sustainable, with the greatest impact. My project had approximately 700 direct and 7401 indirect beneficiaries, media coverage and the development of mediums that could continually provide local information, a phone application, and a website. Young people in my country using the app, now have access to accurate information that they can relate to.

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? :

Winning 120 under 40 would make a great impact on our efforts to make Familly Planning accessible to everyone in Trinidad and Tobago. I will use this grant to launch our phone application, so young people could have the correct information, and access to contraception using their cell phones free of cost. This is especially important in our culture where sexual health discussions are still taboo. We want to reach young people using mediums they can understand.

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