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Adesola Fanimokun

Adesola Fanimokun - 2019 Nominee
Position: Youth Program Officer
Organization: Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Masters from University of Ibadan/Masters of Project Development and implementation
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Leadership in Strategic Health Communication 2017
B.Sc Demography and Social Statistics
Global Health eLearning Center Certificate - HIV_AIDS Legal and Policy Requirements
Global Health eLearning Center Certificate - Family Planning 101
Global Health eLearning Center Certificate - Promising Programmatic Approaches for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH)
Certificate of Participation: Youth Pre-Conference of the First National Conference on Adolescent Health Development in Nigeria
75 Public Votes Reached!
Adesola supports deliberate integration of AYSRH in all spheres allowing young people to design tailor-made FP programs as well as implementing it in an innovative manner that appeals to the generation. – Margaret Bolaji, Youth Program Advisor at Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In Oyo state Nigeria, in the NURHI Project phase 1, I coordinated the activities of 150 social mobilizers across 5 Local government areas to generate demand for FP going from door-to-door to generate discussion, dispel myths and misconceptions and refer intended users to public health centers resulting in higher uptake of FP and contributing to CPR.
in phase 2 the project expanded. So as part of effort to increase access to RH information by young people, I facilitated the training of 72 adolescent/youth social mobilizers to generate discussions on AYSRH and life planning information as well as refer clients for FP method uptake across 15 LGAs of Oyo state, this usually results in approximately 200 youth and adolescents referred to family planning clinics for services on monthly basis

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up in Ibadan, I observed the cycle of poverty particularly among people with large families who in turns do not have the financial capacity to cater for their basic needs. In addition, my undergraduate project on "Proximate Determinants of First Sexual Experience in Ibadan" further expands my horizon and increased my zeal for reproductive health issues in Oyo state. i have observed that lack of access to correct information on FP and its availability, are major challenges

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

I coordinate the affairs of 26 Young persons (15-30 years old) called LPAY Ambassadors in the state to implement youth focused activities such as commemoration of International Youth Day 2018 with the National youth Council, commemoration of World Population Day 2018 with National Population Commission and various speaking engagement with existing NGOs

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? :

Being a winner will open more doors of opportunities for me to enhance my capacity to implement innovative idea that are strategically designed for my young people.
With the grant, by harnessing the existing platforms that NURHI 2 has, I will involve partners (35 Health Educators and 35 National Orientation Agency officers (1 from each of the 33 LGAs and 2 from the State Offices) to engage young people on AYSRH, FP and social life skills to make informed RH decisions

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
review meeting on speaking with young people with community social mobiliser Ibadan Polytechnics Students seeking RH information at the exhibition stand during the orientation of fresh students

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