Systems Thinking in Public Health (Online certification).
Doctor of Optometry (O.D).
I have been providing guidance, capacity building & mentorship to over 80 community inter-personal communication agents & community health extension workers conducting family planning awareness/sensitization sessions and service delivery in the communities. This has resulted in increased knowledge, acceptance & uptake as demonstrated by the increase in number of women taking up methods across over 20 communities in the State.
Also, I have provided technical expertise, capacity building and support to efforts of health providers & other stakeholders' yearly strategic plans/activities at the State/LGA level which has improved coordination of family planning programming & service delivery with scarce resources and also a key acting member of the State Family Planning Advocacy Working Group.
Growing up, I saw & heard of women who die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth or losing control of their lives due to the burden of care; all possibly due to multiple pregnancies & deliveries or many children to cater for. When I learnt about family planning, I thought to myself “Oh, there’s a way to help women!” I am confident family planning helps women have healthier lives and regain control of their lives/livelihood so they can contribute to catering for and raising better homes.
I provide implementation guidance to local program team of community communication agents, community health extension workers, health providers & staff in my project and also persuade & engage community leaders to speak up more for family planning in their localities. I also get to represent my organization at relevant State meetings or technical working groups making policy effective contributions to guide family planning service delivery, commodity supply and overall programming.
Male acceptance and attitude to family planning especially in the communities is mostly disapproving. Considering the ‘patriarchal’ culture of my country, this negatively affects family planning acceptance and uptake. If I do get the grant, I would focus on conducting male-targeted community programs & social or other forms of media sensitization to improve on male participation and involvement. I think the male-dominance culture can be used positively as a key to improving family planning.