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Oluchi Bassey

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Oluchi Bassey - 2017 Nominee
Position: Public Health Worker/Health Communications Coordinator
Organization: Society for Family Health
Current Location: RIVERS STATE, Nigeria, West Africa.
Masters in Public Health and Partnerships in Care (M.PH). from Swansea University, Prifysgol Abertawe. Wales, United Kingdom.
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Project Management PRO Certification.
Systems Thinking in Public Health (Online certification).
Doctor of Optometry (O.D).
She has been coordinating Family Planning activities through capacity building/mentoring of interpersonal communication agents which has led to improved FP service uptake and youth-friendly services in local health facilities in Rivers State,Nigeria. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

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.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

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.

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

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.

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? :

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.

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