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Adeola Raji

Adeola Raji - 2019 Nominee
Position: Social Mobilization Consultant
Organization: The Challenge Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Ibadan
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate of successful completion in Investing in Family Planning : Key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (2018)
Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS Preventive Project; UNICEF Peer Educators Training (2005)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    SDG Ambassador
    Awarding Organization:
    World Merit Nigeria
    Date Awarded:
    June 14, 2018
  • Award:
    Change Maker of the Week
    Awarding Organization:
    World Merit Nigeria
    Date Awarded:
    June 1, 2018
  • Award:
    Youth Delegate
    Awarding Organization:
    The Challenge Initiative for the 5th Nigeria Family Planning Conference
    Date Awarded:
    December 1, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
As a consultant with TCI, Adeola supports FP program implementation and coordination of community mobilization activities. She also advocate to religious/community leaders to create an enabling environment for family planning uptake. – Margaret Bolaji, Youth Program Advisor at Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I create and increase demand for Family Planning (FP) among women and young people using social and behavioral change communication by providing them with correct and adequate information on family planning and life skills currently reaching over 1000 young people and over 5000 women.
During the 2018 flooding in Delta state, I visited 5 IDP camps in the state to create demand and tell them on the importance of FP. About 1200 people were referred to the health facility for uptake of FP service.
Through my nongovernmental organization, I participate in organizing series of meeting and advocacy visits to influential religious and community leaders to create enabling environment and improve awareness and uptake of FP services for women and young people.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My interest was sparked after a male friend of mine, Tayo, contracted HIV and gonorrhea weeks after he had an unprotected sexual intercourse. He was devastated and frustrated because that was his first sexual activity. Since then, I ensured I reach many young people with adequate information on SRHR. Also, I feel concerned about the geometric increase in Nigeria’s population with over half of her populace living in poverty & being denied basic life amenities like food, education & healthcare

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

I recently had the opportunity of being the only young person who partook in the 18 months Delta state FP costed implementation plan where I ensured the SRHR and needs of young people were reflected in the programmes drawn and still working to ensure implementation of the programmes.
I have also led trainings for youth led organizations to enable them give SRHR information to young people.
Currently advocating for the reduction of age of access to FP services nationally to 13 years

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;
share innovative ideas learnt from other FP Champions with my colleagues while also implementing best practices communities.

develop innovative ideas to reach and mentor out-of-school youth on SRHR and also train Family Planning champions amongst them who then reach out to others via peer-to-peer interactions

use data to drive FP advocacy to policy makers, religious and community leaders

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