Mbencho Andrew Millan

2017 Winner

Position: Executive Director/Medical Doctor
Organization: Youth Health International
Current Location: Cameroon, Africa

Doctorate in Medicine from Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I

Additional Degrees and Certifications:
-Certificate on Reproductive Health in Crises situation and Family Planning in Humanitarian Contexts sponsored by Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG), 2016
-Diploma of the Global Health eLearning Center on HIV sponsored by USAID and
K4H Knowledge for Health, 2015
-Diploma of the Global Health eLearning Center on Youth Sexual and Reproductive
Health sponsored by USAID and K4H Knowledge for Health, 2014
Awards Received:

FP2020 Rapid Response Mechanism Grant
Awarding Organization:
United Nations Foundation
Date Awarded:
June 1, 2016

YOUAccess grant
Awarding Organization:
Population Action International, USA
Date Awarded:
May 1, 2016

Mbencho Andrew Millan is a medical doctor and public health professional with experience in project management, research and advocacy. He now serves as the Executive Director of Youth Health International, which he co-founded, and heads the family planning unit of SA’A District Hospital. He has been closely involved in the promotion of the sexual and reproductive health of young people in his country, Cameroon. This explains his strong passion and persistence in ensuring that every young person has full access to quality sexual and reproductive health services. Andrew completed his medical degree in Cameroon in 2015, where he carried out research on HIV as an independent predictor of mortality in HIV-infected patients. He has co-chaired, organized and presented in many international conferences including the International Conference on Family Planning 2016. He led the development and management of a YOUACESS grant from Population Action International, and two FP2020 Rapid Response mechanism grants from the United Nations Foundation covering family planning and reproductive health. Andrew is a recognized expert in evidence-based youth family planning advocacy, in establishing private/public partnerships, and in managing large and complex grants in youth sexual and reproductive health. Previously, he served as Clinic Administrator in SOTA Medical Complex; youth coordinator in Women in Alternative Action, WAA Cameroon, which was the host of the 6th African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights; and as Executive Director in ZOE-MED Organization, which focuses on promoting youth sexual and reproductive health. He played a leading role in building the organization from a promising idea into one of Cameroon’s leading youth-led organization in sexual and reproductive health.

“Andrew conducted a highly effective FP advocacy campaign in northern Cameroon, where he brought a wide variety of stakeholders (parents, youth, government, etc.) together to sign and endorse a declaration ensuring young people have access to FP.

– Emily Sullivan, Youth Engagement Manager at Family Planning 2020, United Nations Foundation

Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2016,with FP2020 Rapid Response Mechanism grant I work in 35 schools in Cameroon reaching 120,000 adolescent students with sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education, organized the first ever stakeholders/policymakers regional advocacy seminar on the SRHR of adolescents which resulted in the signing of the Bamenda Declaration,aimed at improving adolescent SRHR. Also I worked with pastors in 5 churches to educate over 950 youths on SRHR during summer youth camps. With YOUAccss grant from Population Action International, I trained 100 young people with disabilities in 3 communities, trained 60 peer educators to continue outreach and training to young people with disabilities in each community and trained 30 health workers to provide youth-friendly family planning services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

7 years ago while I was a medical student, I met a very young girl at the age of 12 in the postpartum ward, her eyes filled with tears and her baby lying helpless with no one to pay her bills. She was rejected by her family, dropped out of school, and was left alone. As I talked with her, I heard words of frustration and regrets, then I realized how the future of this young girl and the society will be affected by unwanted pregnancies, I began to advocate endlessly for family planning services.

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

As Executive Director, I work with a team to accurately plan, implement, manage, monitor, report results, and improve performance of SRHR projects. I also provide targeted technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and partners to strengthen management and oversight and facilitate the sharing of experience and best practices.
Also as the head of the Family Planning Unit of the hospital I manage family planning programs and their integration into other health and development activities.

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?

This will provide me a unique platform to learn and share best practices, learn from the expertise of other leaders especially their successes and challenges, develop new strategies and network with those involved in the global commitment of family planning to advance my efforts. With the grant, I will extend my SRHR project to 5 more secondary schools including the training of 75 peer educators, 10 school nurses and the use mobile of technology to improve the SRHR of these adolescent students.

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