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Linda Keku

Linda Keku
Position: Clinical Coordinator, Family Planning Outreaches, Health Educator and Service Provider
Organization: DKT International Nigeria
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Current Location:
By continouus advocacy among the younger generation through social media. Also by lending a voice for youth to be heard and hopefully incorporated into new initiative – Anthonia Onye, Teacher at Los Angeles School District
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

- I have successfully conducted 66 family planning outreaches in Lagos, Nigeria to young adult and women under 35 years of age with 2500 women take up a method in 6 months.
- Increase the uptake of family planning method among the university student while addressing the myths and misconception of infertility.
- Created the #1 health blog in Nigeria on Family Planning (lindakeku.blogspot.com) with content of daily activities and answers to frequently asked questions on family planning.
- Successfully addressed the misconceptions among health workers who believe that family planning is ONLY for married women.
- Established functioning family planning clinics in over twenty facilities in Lagos Nigeria with the support of my organisation in the provision of commodities when necessary.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning started with my love for talking to women. i love to see women empowered to make an informed decision on matters that concerns their reproductive health. My passion for family planning started in my days in the Nursing school when a 16 year old rape victim came to the health center with 7 months old pregnancy and wished she had taken a contraceptive method to prevent the pregnancy from occurring but no one told her about any family planning method.

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

The biggest challenge is the non acceptance of family planning by husbands / partners of clients prior to or after taking up a family planning method. A consequence action of the husbands / partners is attempting to beat up the family planning provider (myself) accusing me of turning their wives into prostitutes.

One way I have tried to overcome this is having the husbands / partners counselled alongside the clients with the objective of educating them and demystifying any preconceived ideas.

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

My country's biggest challenge in family planning includes:
- Lack of awareness on benefits of family planning
- Traditional beliefs / myths by men and women on family planning
- Access to effective modern methods of contraception due to unavailability of commodities
- Lack of sufficient skilled manpower.

Solution includes:
- Provision of modern methods on family planning
- Training of providers on modern methods
- Awareness creation of family planning benefits for both men and women

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

- Educate 25,000 women in Lagos on the use of contraceptive and how they can spread the word.
- Form advocacy group for young women in rural communities/among university students and men.
- Carry out a research to understand the cause of non- acceptance of modern family planning method among younger girls and men.
- Donate little consumables to few private facilities that are willing to establish a family planning clinic at start up point.

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