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Victor Imuwahen Igharo

Victor Imuwahen Igharo - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Manager/Team Lead
Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Current Location: Nigeria
Masters' in Public Health from University of Roehampton/Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Masters' in Business Administration
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)
Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm)
Dr. Victor Imuwahen Igharo's passion for and experience in designing, implementing and evaluating family planning programs for The Challenge Initiative and Axios Foundation makes him a true game-changer in the family planning field in Nigeria. – Jennifer Guertin, Associate Director, Donor Engagement at The Challenge Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a strong promoter of access to reproductive, maternal and child health, I apply systems' strengthening methodologies to public health programming exploring market-based approach and impact investing model to stimulate collective action. Within the last 4 months, I have led my team to scale-up the demand-driven, entrepreneural model of The Challenge Initiative exceeding key milestones by over 100%.
Prior to my current role, as the Vaccines/Family PIanning supply chain coordinator under the Dfid-MNCH2 (2014-2016), I supported the development of Costed Implementation Plan for two states and reached over 730 facilities with integrated supply-side family planning interventions contributing to progressive increases in CPR in Kaduna and Kano.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up, I have always desired to change the world. However, my interest in health sparked at the age of 6 years when I witnessed my young mother lie helplessly in the pool of her blood from post-partum haemorrage. Though luckily rescued, it was not difficult to align my career focus towards public health with a bias for reproductive and maternal health. Family planning is the game changer hence my interest has evolved with an understanding of its role as the fulcrum in the RMNCH continuum.

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

Currently as the Team Lead for The Challenge Initiative, I lead a lean yet creative and dynamic Nigeria hub team to promote sustainability, local ownership and demonstrate feasibility of long-term investment in family planning. previouly as Vaccines/Family PIanning Coordinator, I managed the FP integration portfolio including the development of the Dfid-MNCH2 strategies for ensuring contraceptives security through FP/MNCH supply chain integration and series of public sector last mile FP access

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? :

My desire is to mentor the next generation of health leaders that can optimise market dynamics, social innovation and impact investing to improve health and social outcomes. As a winner of 120 under 40, I hope to inspire a new breed of young FP experts and promote social impact innovation with focus on the use of technology and evidence to drive social change and action. The grant will advance my current work and future interests by giving me access to more resources (training and tools)

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