Norhan Bader

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Norhan Bader - 2017 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor/Grassroots advocate/Director of Projects at IYAFP
Organization: American University of Beirut
Current Location: Egypt, Africa, MENA
Master of Public Health from American University of Beirut (AUB)
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
MD from Cairo University
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Young Leader
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    May 25, 2015
  • Award:
    Master program Scholarship
    Awarding Organization:
    The Special Programme for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases (TDR) hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva
    Date Awarded:
    August 15, 2015
  • Award:
    Grant Winner
    Awarding Organization:
    Staying Alive Foundation and MTV
    Date Awarded:
    June 15, 2010
Norhan is not only a medical doctor and MPH student, but is an active advocate in Cairo for family planning. She has 9 years worth of experience leading projects and working on educational initiatives via IFMSA and is truly passionate about her work – Jillian Gedeon, Co-Executive Director at International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have tackled family planning since 2007 via three major themes: (i) through raising capacities of multiple NGOs and youth initiatives to empower youth and vulnerable populations such as: PLWHIV, Syrian refugees, and married adolescents to increase their opportunities of autonomy and informed decisions, while learning additionally about sexuality education, HIV/AIDS and SGBV, (ii) the engagement and training of future physicians to address to family planning needs and shape their responses in clinical settings to be ethical and rights-based to diminish the impact of stigma on access to care, where I cumulatively worked with more than 1500 beneficiaries, and (iii) performing studies to analyze and assess the quality of the messages addressed to youth in Arabic sexual health websites.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I appreciated the belonging to a large family, yet I observed the accumulating burden on my parents. When I began working as an assistant maternal health researcher in Upper Egypt, I observed the impact of high fertility rates in impoverished communities that was evident by national surveys that demonstrated the burden of unmet needs and lack of access to information. Furthermore, there were cases of violations of adolescent girls’ rights thus I shifted my attention to FP and vulnerable groups.

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

Young Egyptian advocates and I have created the National Youth Taskforce for Development, with the cooperation of the National Population Council (NPC). It shared in formulation and adoption of Reproductive Health Strategies in the 2030 National Development Strategy in Egypt. We facilitated youth participation and consultation regarding these strategies such as, youth friendly services and access to contraception. Outcomes were presented to policymakers and incorporated in the 2030 strategy.

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? :

In addition to resuming my responsibilities as the Director of Projects at International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, I will use the platform to cooperate and develop FP oriented interventions for youth. Part of the grant would fund a mixed methods study for assessment of predictors of informed decision, autonomy and empowerment among married adolescents and youth in Egypt regarding FP and SRHR. The other part will be for attending the Adolescent Health in LMICs course at LSHTM.

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