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Mbencho Andrew Millan

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Mbencho Andrew Millan - 2017 Nominee
Position: Executive Director/Medical Doctor
Organization: Youth Health International
Current Location: Cameroon, Africa
Doctorate in Medicine from Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
-Certificate on Reproductive Health in Crises situation and Family Planning in Humanitarian Contexts sponsored by Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG), 2016
-Diploma of the Global Health eLearning Center on HIV sponsored by USAID and
K4H Knowledge for Health, 2015
-Diploma of the Global Health eLearning Center on Youth Sexual and Reproductive
Health sponsored by USAID and K4H Knowledge for Health, 2014
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    FP2020 Rapid Response Mechanism Grant
    Awarding Organization:
    United Nations Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    June 1, 2016
  • Award:
    YOUAccess grant
    Awarding Organization:
    Population Action International, USA
    Date Awarded:
    May 1, 2016
Andrew conducted a highly effective FP advocacy campaign in northern Cameroon, where he brought a wide variety of stakeholders (parents, youth, government, etc.) together to sign and endorse a declaration ensuring young people have access to FP. – Emily Sullivan, Youth Engagement Manager at Family Planning 2020, United Nations Foundation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2016,with FP2020 Rapid Response Mechanism grant I work in 35 schools in Cameroon reaching 120,000 adolescent students with sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education, organized the first ever stakeholders/policymakers regional advocacy seminar on the SRHR of adolescents which resulted in the signing of the Bamenda Declaration,aimed at improving adolescent SRHR. Also I worked with pastors in 5 churches to educate over 950 youths on SRHR during summer youth camps. With YOUAccss grant from Population Action International, I trained 100 young people with disabilities in 3 communities, trained 60 peer educators to continue outreach and training to young people with disabilities in each community and trained 30 health workers to provide youth-friendly family planning services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

7 years ago while I was a medical student, I met a very young girl at the age of 12 in the postpartum ward, her eyes filled with tears and her baby lying helpless with no one to pay her bills. She was rejected by her family, dropped out of school, and was left alone. As I talked with her, I heard words of frustration and regrets, then I realized how the future of this young girl and the society will be affected by unwanted pregnancies, I began to advocate endlessly for family planning services.

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

As Executive Director, I work with a team to accurately plan, implement, manage, monitor, report results, and improve performance of SRHR projects. I also provide targeted technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and partners to strengthen management and oversight and facilitate the sharing of experience and best practices.
Also as the head of the Family Planning Unit of the hospital I manage family planning programs and their integration into other health and development activities.

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? :

This will provide me a unique platform to learn and share best practices, learn from the expertise of other leaders especially their successes and challenges, develop new strategies and network with those involved in the global commitment of family planning to advance my efforts. With the grant, I will extend my SRHR project to 5 more secondary schools including the training of 75 peer educators, 10 school nurses and the use mobile of technology to improve the SRHR of these adolescent students.

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