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Tijani Mahmoud

Tijani Mahmoud - 2017 Nominee
Position: Social Worker
Organization: Muslim Family Counselling Services
Current Location: Ghana, West Africa
Higher National Diploma from Development Studies
Tijani Mahmoud has worked with the R3M consortium led by Willows International in Ghana to raise awareness and give opportunity to women in hard to reach and difficult communities to fulfill their family planning and reproductive health objectives – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My organisation was formed at a time when there a total ban in the Muslim communities on family planning. I started as a volunteer in the communities introducing the issues of rep[productive health to the youth and women in the community. Through the work with R3M partners led by Willows International, we implemented a series of projects that tackled the misunderstanding of the community towards family planning and also led an intervention that helped women in need to access quality family planning information and services to their satisfaction. this led to an increase in the contraceptive prevalence rate from a lower than average of 5.5% to over 32% in our target communities over a period of four years.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning was sparked after attending a training on reproductive health and family planning. After that training, I came to understand that more women in the communities who have the need family planning are being prevented from accessing family planning services due to misconception and misquoted religious scriptures. I saw the need to join the call to help 1000s of women who have to resort to dangerous means to satisfy the reproductive and family planning objectives.

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

I showed leadership by organizing the group of attendees to the workshop into an organised group with the objective to reaching the women and young people in the communities with the information that we received from the training to assist them fulfill their reproductive health needs. I also led the group to seek support and sponsorship for our programmes and we successfully attracted some limited funding for some of our programmes.

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 named a winner, I would use the grant to reach the leadership especially the religious leaders through training them on reproductive health and family planning so as to get them to understand what family planning is all about and also be agents of spreading the information through their pulpits and other social gatherings

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
radio programme, facilitation sessions with university students, Field work

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