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Samuel Shanju

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Samuel Shanju - 2017 Nominee
Position: Programme Assistant
Organization: Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network
Current Location: Kenya -Nairobi
Health Systems Management from Kenya Methodist University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology
Samuel Shanju Kabage is an exceptional, highly energetic program assistant who has excelled as the project lead in a project that seeks to advocate for improved policy and funding environment for family planning in Nigeria. – Mirfin Mpundu, Executive Director at Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been involved in advocacy activities that have led to government commitment and prospective budgetary allocation. During the Christian Advocacy for Family Planning in Africa (CAFPA) project ​EPN was able to galvanize, build capacity and act as a catalyst in bringing up churches to start having discussions on FP and church run drug supply organizations to include FP commodities in their commodity lists and distribution.​ EPN has provided technical assistance in 3 faith based organizations serving a population of approx 5000 women across their Heath facilities in Plateau State, Nigeria. Additionally I have been facilitating collaborations among other Family Planning 2020 partners within the state, which has encouraged Healthy timing and spacing of children among Christians.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Despite rapid improvements in health technology and knowledge, most African countries in including Nigeria are finding it difficult to achieve the rate of progress in health necessary to achieve global health targets. One reason for this slow progress is the failure to take up best practices in Family Planning and use effective management and stewardship in planning, and implementation of interventions that reach the poor and the vulnerable. I believe advocacy would change this picture.

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

I have led groups of Church leaders (3 denominations) in Nigeria in drafting advocacy plans that have resulted in formulating, decision maker-focused advocacy strategies. These groups have been able to overcome the fears associated with speaking about Family planning openly in church.
In a country where the contraceptive prevalence rate is below 15%, I have been inspired to see the clergy initiating discussions about the benefits of Family planning in reference to the bible.

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? :

I am a health systems enthusiast and I would use my new platform to assess the Family Planning (FP)situation in at least one county hospital in Kenya. As a result I will use my health systems skills to recommend the best way to address gaps in FP. My approach will be to employ a holistic approach where all health pillars; Human resource, Finance, Governance, Pharmaceutical, Service delivery and Information systems will be fully integrated to enhance Family planning services in the county.

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The Christian Advocacy for Family Planing in Africa (CAFPA) managed to train church leaders on best practices in Advocacy including how to structure messages before decision makers. This build their capacity in championing FP matters before their government in Plateau state, Nigeria., In Nigeria, Abuja. Christian Advocacy for Family Planing in Africa (CAFPA) seeks to collaborate with other players in Nigeria., After meeting with the commissioner for Health in Plateau state, he made a written commitment to extend the distribution of FP commodities to Faith based health institutions.

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