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Maryam Albashir

Maryam Albashir - 2016 Nominee
Position: A medical doctor and researcher in women health
Organization: WHO collaborating Centre for maternal and child health
She works on reproductive health in low-income settings. Has run missions on family planning, genital cutting and HIV/AIDS for vulnerable populations in Sudan. Elected Sudan country coordinator for the international youth alliance for family planning – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a researcher in Maternal health in a WHO collaborating centre doing both clinical and community research while preparing for my speciality in Obstetrics and gyenecology. While i am specialized in maternal reproductive health in low income settings -investigating human rights as a substantial determinant of health- family planning is central to my research through evidence based and policy informing research. My term strategic plan as a country coordinator for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning 2016/2017 mandate encompasses establishing a paricipatory systematic collaboration with the Sudanese family planning associations and research centres to introduce evidence based research in family planning, laying the base for long term, sustainable effective interventions.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The low supply and access to family planning services in Sudan , the scarse reproductive based research , and my passion for research and women rights, all formed my motivation and driving force to work for family planning.

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

In Sudan; culture, legislation and religon are large contributors to the family planning story , following a culturally sensitive and paticpatory approach was the key to overcoming broad challenges in that setting.

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

Family planning in Sudan - as in many low income countries -is short in demand, supply and access. Collborating with the ministry of health is the backbone for any measures or interventions to be undertaken. My novel approach is to contribute with research. Senthesizing evidence to investigate the demand shortcomings ,facilitators and barriers for supply , as well as effectivness and cost effectivness of nation wide interventions .Contribute to produce a cohort of data for any future comparison.

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

My five years preset goals are to significantly contribute to research in familly planning in low income settings focusing on systematic reviews, meta analysis and clinical trials. Through my established collaboration Sudanese family planning associations under the guidance of local ministries of health , design and implement evidnce based interventions and imapct evaluations to increase supply and access to family planning councelling , education and materials.

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