Salma Salami

Salma Salami
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.By doing 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 northen 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 rate of drop outs of the girl child from school is alarming in some parts of the northern region considering the fact that most of these young girls are married off at a tender age.This is a myth in the ISLAMIC RELIGION because in ISLAM,education is very compulsory for every muslim (males and females).
Again,after marriage,child bearing starts and if they are not educated on child spacing options,the rate of maternal mortality will continue to rise.

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 locations they can request for specific methods of child spacing.

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 the northern region,the grant will be used to create a virtual based BCC program (RAAYUWA FM)with special interest on real life videos from the region. Starting with one LGA,a database of opinion leaders(leaders from FOMAN,NASFAT,Male groups and others) will be created.
volunteered Consultants will be hired with Ulamas from each ward in the LGA to address FP issues during thier meeting days.The video will then be shared via whatapp and other social media channel.

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