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Lucy Odumu

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Lucy Odumu - 2017 Nominee
Position: Demand Creation Specialist/ Senior Program Officer/ Pharmacist
Organization: Society for Family Health
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Bachelor of Pharmacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Health In Humanitarian Crises- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Medicine Adherence: Supporting Patients with Their Medicines - King's College London
Lucy promotes the integration of family planning with existing Post-Abortion Care Services due to miscarriages within hospital settings, resulting in 100% uptake among clients which has reduced the incidence of maternal deaths from unsafe practices. – Temitope Ogunbi, Program Manager South-West Nigeria/Pharmacist at Evidence Action
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Having acquired significant experience in Reproductive Health (RH) and Family Planning (FP) over the last 4 years at the community level, my interest and passion has grown from dispensing FP products & counseling of young adolescent girls and women in rural communities to advocating for FP, creating demand, educating providers and carrying out large scale distribution of commodities especially in rural health facilities. In the last 2 years I have carried out over 3,500 detailing calls to FP providers in 2 States resulting in an increase of over 90% of providers moved to the advocacy stage across both short and long acting reversible contraception. on the BCC adoption stairway. I have contributed over 700% of 2 years CYP target and averted about 43,196 unintended pregnancies.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As a woman growing up in a patriarchal community, women have little or no choice when it comes to who/when to marry, number of children and taking responsibility for their sexual and reproductive health. I understand the pains and implications of a lack of choice that close friends had to face growing up. This has led to early child marriage, VVF, high maternal mortality rates and abuse. I know better now and I have taken responsibility to give back in honor of those I could not help growing up.

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

Continuous and consistent advocacy and sensitization of FP providers in health facilities and pregnant women in ANCs to increase visibility of FP services has markedly increased service uptake in facilities & activated uptake in others.
Engagement of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON), and other key stakeholders including Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) to strengthen their capacity during quarterly training sessions.

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? :

Women living with HIV have even more limited access to FP & RH services. Reaching this population and Women of Reproductive Age (WRA) has proved difficult due to unavailability of FP commodities and educative materials. I plan to use this new platform to advocate for provision of these commodities and technical assistance from both private and public partners. Also, update training will be carried out for 8 nurses and 15 case management officers who mobilize women from rural communities.

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