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Omerigwe Divine Ukamaka

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Omerigwe Divine Ukamaka - 2017 Nominee
Position: Nursing
Organization: Sudan United Mission Hospital
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
RN
Her accomplishments include; saving women's lives in her community through Postpartum Implant and IUCD insertions. She also provide postpartum family planning counseling to women in churches around her, sensitizes them to practice family planning. – Hannatu Abdullahi, Nursing (FP/RH Senior Advisor) at Jhpiego Coporation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Encouraging women in my community to practice family planning through community mobilization and going to churches around me to sensitize them. Using balanced counseling strategy to counsel women in Ante-natal ward, immunization clinic, during latent phase of labour and within postpartum period at my health facility.Going to outreach stations for family planning counseling. Since after my training in December 2015, i have had 98 implant insertions, 45 postpartum IUCD insertions. 103 POP users, 58 COCs users, 62 monthly injectables and 92 LAM users. Total number of women counseled= 625

What sparked your passion for family planning?

After i was employed as a nurse,what sparked my passion was the unmet needs of women who wish to use modern contraceptives. I came in contact with women of G9P8A8 who wish to choose a contraceptive method and had no access to it, because of lack of providers in rural areas. Many women died through child birth. This gave me concerns as i remember my passion right from my school days. Had passion to save lives especially through family planning

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

Step down training on implants, IUCD insertions and family planning counseling to my facility staff. Training of health workers in the state level through the help of Maternal and child survival program in Nigeria using guided clinical practice

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? :

Enhance and continue my community mobilization and sensitize women on the importance of family planning in hard to reach villages in the community. Help women who can not afford to pay for pregnancy test (to rule out pregnancy) prior to provision of family planning. Funding for the continuous training of health workers on the insertion and removal of Implants IUCDs e.t.c in order to correct the myths and misconception about family planning and improve on the service delivery

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Implanon NXT insertion, IUCD insertion, Training of co-workers on implant insertion

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