Abdul Malik Faize

Abdul Malik Faize - 2016 Nominee
Position: Family Planning National Program Officer
Organization: UNFPA
Established strong partnership with religious leaders (RL) on promotion of FP in Afghanistan and based on this a national declaration signed by 580 influential RL on support of FP train 1500 RL in FP – Nominator
Conduct two national studies on family planning (Family planning Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Family planning Behavioral study) and contraceptives quality assurance study will complete by 2016. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Established strong partnership with religious leaders and mobilized around 600 religious leaders to sign a national declaration on support of FP and since 2012 trained around 1500 religious leaders on FP
Initiate a national momentum for promotion of FP involved women civil society, Youth, high school teacher’s and journalist
Introduce male involvement in FP concept in Afghanistan and develop LRP on male involvement in FP
Initiate partnership with private health sector on FP and for the first time in 2015 MOPH signed MoU with 12 private health clinics to provide free FP services
Expanded Post-Partum IUCD training to district hospitals
In 2014 Introduced Implant as a new method of FP
Introduced WHO ME wheel , CHWs DMT and GH book to the country and translate it to local language

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”. 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

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The biggest challenge was opposition of religious leaders (RL) to FP. Afghanistan population is Muslim and the influence of religion is pervasive in all aspects of an individual’s life including using of contraceptives. To address this challenge I have initiated a new strategy that instead of a medical person I used RL to talk about FP with other RL by their own language and we changed the FP to birth spacing. Through this we could convince RL to issue a deceleration and Fetwa in support of FP

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Biggest challenges are access of couples particularly young couples to FP services and we can address it through improvement of community based FP services, the 2nd challenge is weak capacity of FP service providers because FP was not included in detail in pre-service training and we can address this through training of FP service providers, the 3rd challenge is male are not involve in FP and we can address this through involvement of male particularly male health workers in family planning

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

•I will try the young couple’s access to FP services and information using mobile technology and advocate to expand community based FP services and information
•Train at least one religious scholar from each Mosque on FP and identify 5 FP advocate and promoter from each region
•Train at least two health service provider (male, female) from each health facility on FP
•Advocate to include FP as a main subject in pre-service curriculum of medical universities and nursing midwifery schools

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