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Youseline Telemaque

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Youseline Telemaque - 2017 Nominee
Position: Family Planning and Reproductive Health Technical Advisor
Organization: Jhpiego Haiti
Bachelor Degree in Obstetric and Gynecology from Medecine
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Sexual reproductive health: Background and Key issues
Minimum Initial Service Package
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Travel Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
    Date Awarded:
    November 15, 2009
  • Award:
    Travel Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Bill and Melinda Gates for Population and Reproductive Health
    Date Awarded:
    November 12, 2013
Dr Telemaque has been making her mark as a family planning leader in Haiti including development of mobile clinics for rural communities, design of a multifaceted LARC program for UNFPA, and global award-winning research on postpartum family planning – Rikerdy Frederic, Deputy Chief of Party Technical at Jhpiego Haiti
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Within UNFPA, I was able to accompany the Ministry of Health in the implementation of the family planning (FP) campaign in 2014 to make the long-term methods accessible to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations: Put in place 5 mobile units that offer long-term methods in remote and enclave areas. I brought together partners working with youth to make FP services available to young people near and far.
JHPIEGO: Postpartum family planning, not previously available in many parts of the country; is currently being offered in 7 maternity wards; long-term methods has increased in 5 Departments of the country. Long-term and permanent family planning methods have become increasingly accessible to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Two elements motivated my passion for Fp.
1. The high rate of maternal mortality in Haiti;
2. The situation of Haitian women with no decision-making power
I believe that FP is not only a way to reduce maternal mortality but also to empower women. Thus they will participate in the economic advancement of their country

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

Immediate postpartum family planning (PPFP) was not widely available. A study was conducted in 2009 on women's family planning needs immediately after childbirth. The results were used to advocate to decision makers on the importance of immediate PPFP. The results of this study showed managers that women wanted to get family planning methods before discharge. This advocacy continued with MoH partners during the FP campaign in 2014. Currently, seven maternities are offering immediate PPFP

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 will use this money to revitalize the advocacy platform for adolescent and youth access to family planning services. The aim is to encourage the parliament to bring the bill vote for a vote for the access of young people and adolescents to family planning

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