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Abdul Malik Faize

Abdul Malik Faize - 2019 Nominee
Position: Family Planning National Program Officer
Organization: UNFPA
Current Location: Afghanistan
MD from Kabul Medical University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. International Comprehensive Right-based Family Planning Training, Indonesia
2. International training program on Family Planning and Reproductive Health Commodities security, India
3. 2017 safe mother and newborn leadership workshop, Kenya
4. Training on strategic partnership with faith based organization and Muslim Leaders in Family Planning, Indonesia
5. Training on Reproductive health and family planning from medical and Islamic perspective, Egypt

75 Public Votes Reached!
Abdul Malik has a rich 6 years’ experience of Family Planning, He has started a national momentum consisting of religious leaders and civil society in 2012, as a result, the 2015 DHS showed that 30% of women get FP information from the community and religious elders. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since 2011, I have led a national momentum consist of community and religious leaders, journalists, women civil society for promotion of FP and mobilized religious leaders to sign a national declaration in support of FP and as a result the 2015 DHS showed that 30% of women get FP information from community elders. I have introduced Implant and SC-DMPA (Sayana press) to expand FP method mix. To generated evidence for FP program, I have lead two studies on demand and supply side of FP. Recently I develop five years FP Costed Implementation Plan and FP socio behavioral change communication strategy for Afghanistan.
Managed to train more than 3000 Health service providers on family planning and mobilized more than 2500 community leaders and civil society activists FP in their societies

What sparked your passion for family planning?

After 5 years still I remember the tears of my neighbor Fatima a 15 years old girl when she was begging his father in-law to allow her to go to school but his answer was “No, because you are pregnant no need to go to school”. This early pregnancy killed all her future dreams, because in my village talking about contraceptives was a taboo and its use was declared a sin by village Masque scholar. The tears of Fatima sparked my passion to promote FP and prevent young girls facing Fatima destination

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

Among the many taboos in Afghanistan that exist are religious misconceptions and cultural barriers that prevent FP to be discussed in society. To dispel this taboo, I have led a national momentum started in 2011 and mobilized community and religious leaders, women civil society leaders and youth activists for promotion of FP. As a result, religious leaders signed a national declaration in support of FP and the 2015 DHS showed that 30% of women get FP information from community/religious leaders

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 award will motivate me to work harder and promote FP in my society also it will reflect attention of other young professional and inspire them to work for promotion of FP. I will use this platform to draw attention of donor agencies, government and private sector to invest in FP. I will use 50% of the grant on a FP social media campaign focusing on newly married couples and invest the remaining 50% to develop a mobile app for FP service providers to use it for follow up up of FP clients.

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