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Lynn Kanyuuru

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Lynn Kanyuuru - 2017 Nominee
Position: Senior FP Technical Advisor
Organization: Jhpiego/Maternal Child Survival Program
Current Location: Kenya -Nairobi
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of Nairobi
Lynn has successfully led the introduction of hormonal IUD (LNG-IUS) to the public sector to increase the pool of methods from which women (as well as couples and families) in Kenya can choose from. Kenya is the first country to do this in LMICs. – Gathari Ndirangu Gichuhi, Project Director at Jhpiego/MCSP
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As the MCSP-Kenya senior FP advisor, I have been leading in one of our mandates of increasing CPR and reducing unmet need in Migori and Kisumu Counties of Kenya . This has included the introduction of Levonorgestrel Intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) in the public sector, a first for developing countries. MCSP received free LNG-IUS from the International Contraceptive Access Foundation. The introduction has included advocacy with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders; the development of the learning resource package; the training of health workers and the development of a supply and reporting system. On completion of the study (early 2018), documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt and study findings will be done. From Oct 2016 to date, more than 300 IUDs have been inserted.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I believe that families should have choice. Choice in when to start having families, how many children to have, how spaced the children are and when to stop having children. This choice should be for all, regardless of where they live, what they have and who they are. It is this believe that has made me work with stakeholders to strengthen the Kenya FP program, working at the national policy level, building the capacity of health workers and empowering families at the community level.

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? :

Kenya is one of the first developing countries to introduce LNG-IUS in the public sector. I will use this platform and the grant to share the lessons learnt and disseminate findings from the introduction, important for countries looking to do the same. I will also continue to advocate for increased access to FP to allow families to decide when they want to begin having children, how far apart they want their children to be and when they want to stop having children.

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