Amaka Elochukwu

Amaka Elochukwu - 2019 Nominee
Position: Registered Nurse/Midwife
Organization: The new generation of family planning leaders
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Bachelor of Nursing Science from University of Nigeria Nsukka, Enugu Campus.
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Midwifery and Public Health Nursing
Certificate in Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health in Crisis Situations
Post Abortion Care Services
Post Abortion Care (PAC) Service Delivery Protocols
Problem Management in Intrauterine Device Insertion and Subdermal Implant
She has worked in family planning units where she has rendered services to pple. She also conducts outreaches on family planning. – Onyinye Adizua, Nurse midwife at The new generation of family planning leader
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My achievements in family planning (FP) has always been in service delivery and advocacy. I have been opportune to serve as a focal / contact person with social franchisors and marketers including PSI and SFH in Nigeria, advocating for the rights of women to accessing FP services willingly and rendering FP services including but not limited to implants and IUCDs, followed up with them and adequately counselled them prior to choosing a method(informed choice) and subsequently transmitted collected data to the donor funding organisation.
I also sensitized and mobilised my community, allayed every misconception surrounding FP and it's attending adverse effects.
I made known to my clients that FP especially LARC are not only married couple thing it's for singles too and easily accessible.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion began during my clinical posting as a student Nurse in FP clinic, I learnt that FP is the way to curb population explosion, unwanted pregnancies, abortion and its risks and stigma, STDs prevention and also a safeguarding measure to curb maternal and infant death. Seeing singles and married women resort to harmful alternatives to prevent pregnancy and abort pregnancies due to misinformation I took it upon myself that once I graduate I will major in FP services and reproductive health.

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

Since 2008, I began practising, I have been opportune to be a senior nursing officer,head Nurse, Matron and Hospital Administrator. Using this leadership position it helped in policy making and changing of policies and practices that are detrimental to clients and provider, I liased with social franchisors to get FP materials at subsidized rate to reach the unreached and make price not to be an issue. Sensitisation of communities wasn't difficult as the leadership position paved way to offer FP

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? :

1. To penetrate the rural areas, sensitise them and render the services to them.
2. Make training of providers independent and accessible and not solely with social franchisors to stamp out quackery in FP
3. In era of fake news and alternatives I will develop a means via social media and app to be able to inform the misinformed, allay misconceptions and offer directions for FP services.
4. Lobby the policy makers to inculcate FP teaching in schools from Nursery to Tertiary to curb hesitancy.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
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