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Masum Jaki

Masum Jaki - 2017 Nominee
Position: Online Journalist
Organization: The Asian Age
Current Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Masters in Public Health from James P. Grants of Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
MSS in Mass Communication & Journalism
University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Result: 2nd class
BSS in Mass Communication & Journalism
University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Result: 2nd class
Higher Secondary Certificate (H.S.C)
Dhaka Board, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Result: First Division
Secondary School Certificate (S.S.C)
Dhaka Board, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Result: First division
Mr. Jaki, a journalist and a a public health professional, envisions a world in which children can grow to adulthood free from disease, hunger, and the scourge of poverty, and where all children have access to schooling that leaves no child behind. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I was the Focal person of International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) in Bangladesh. We run a project titled " SPRINT. It was a sexual and reproductive health project during crisis and post crisis situation. We provide contraceptives including condom, oral pill to the people who are victim of disasters. Because during disaster, government and aid agencies focus on food aid and shelter. They often forget family planing. And at that time people also forget to bring or carry family planning products or services. Therefore, we ensure sufficient supply of family planning products. We work in the coastal area of Bangladesh.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries. Dhaka is world's second populated and populated city in the world. Its really unreal that people live in the country with a chaotic situation. No development plan is being implemented because of the excessive number of population. So we must control it. And there is no alternative.

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

I have started working with Rohina refuges in Cox's Bazar. Rohingas are the ethnic group of Myanmar who were murdered by the Myanmar military. So they enter Bangladesh and take shelter in bordering Cox's bazar district. Most of the Rohingas stay at UNHCR run camp. But there are more who take shelter in hill areas. This Rohinga family has 4-5 children but they can not fed them. So I start a programme to give them family planning services for birth control.

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? :

I will expand my family planning programme to Rohinga refugees. They really need the services.

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