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Onyedikachi Ewe

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Onyedikachi Ewe - 2017 Nominee
Position: Assistant Manager, Health Communication Coordinator
Organization: Society for Family Health
Current Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Onyekachi Ewe is a young and vibrant advocate of family planning in Nigeria. She has worked in over 20 different communities in Nigeria where she strongly advocate for the uptake of modern Family planing method among men and women of reproductive age – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a Coordinator for a 5 year USAID Family Planning (FP) and MNCH project,I have trained and mentored over 200 Interpersonal Communication Agents (IPCAs) across over 30 communities in Nigeria,to conduct community mobilization activities targeted at men and women of reproductive age as well as influencers to reach them with properly designed messages that addressed fear of side effect,return to fertility and lack of social support in FP. Referrals were made to health facilities and up to 60% of about 500 individuals that reached the facility monthly adopted a method. I have organised trainings, seminars, supervisory visits to health care providers to achieve balanced counselling for FP. I have organised community mobilization activities targeted at men to achieve male involvement in FP.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Seeing young girls stop or delay their education or get discriminated or ostracized by family, religious bodies and community, as a result of teenage pregnancy, seeing women die as a result of child birth from causes that can be prevented by Family planning, gave me a course for concern and sparked up an interest and passion for me in this life saving field.

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? :

If I am named the winner,I will use this platform and grant to
Organise specific mobilization activities targeted at men and youths to achieve male involvement in FP and to empower youths to make sound choices for their reproductive health
Advocate to policy makers, health providers community and religious leaders, men and other influencers for improvement in Youth friendly health services and to create an enabling environment for women of all reproductive age to freely adopt FP.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Male Involvement IPC session, Training of Interpersonal Communication Agents on Family Planning, IPC session with mothers at a health facility

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