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Salma Salami

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Salma Salami - 2017 Nominee
Position: programs Coordinator
Organization: Dkt Nigeria
Bsc.Business Administration (Marketing Major) from MATI Ghana
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK)
My nominee has been involved in some demand generation activities in Northern Nigeria by actively counseling couples about Family Planning through an interactive radio program in some selected states in North. – Ibrahim Orire, CEO at kiblah limited
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Over the past year,i have actively been a part of the training team and our work has been on training Healthcare providers on the administration of Sayana Press three monthly injection.Via this,it enables us to increase the availability, accessibility and choice of family planning methods in 7 Northern States in Nigeria irrespective of its location.
Having realised the benefits of health system strengthening via the facility based training,i have also been actively involved in demand creation activities(BCC) in these northern states which include an interactive radio program in Hausa Language addressing the myths and misconception of Child spacing considering socio-cultural nuances in the states.The feedback from adolescents and couples has increased the demand for FP services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The high rate of adolescent maternal mortality is alarming in some parts of Northern region considering the fact that most of these young girls are married off at a tender age.Low take up of contraceptives use in the North among married and single men in the north is still falling due to myths about the benefits of having more children ,having unplanned babies and these have been causing more women to lose thier lives via child birth in the North and this results to negative vices .

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

I led the translation team to translate our first radio program in Hausa and this stimulated a lot of interest from our audience who responded with questions related to clinics they can request for specific methods of child spacing.
The introduction of Facility based Sayana Training which i coordinate in 7 States enables private facilities to better administer Sayana Press as a method mix of Family Planning to women who need it.This increases the availability,accessibility and choice for family

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? :

Since my focus has been on changing the behaviour of our Northern Men who happen to resist from the use of Contraceptives,this virtual platform (Mu waye Fm) will seek to address them via the use of our Ulamas and Imams with reference from hadeeth and fiqh at the community level.Excerpts from the video will be shared on whatsapp and other platforms to ensure that all audience gain access to the messages.Again, some of the messaging will be in the form a drama targeted at the male/husband groups.

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