Andrew Saman

Andrew Saman - 2016 Nominee
Position: Health Communication Coordinator
Organization: Society for Family Health Nigeria
The nominee have lead in demand creation activities leading to an increase in uptake of Long term FP method to over 2,000 women yearly between 2009 to 2014 in Abuja Territory, Nigeria – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a behavioral change communication Specialist, I have coordinated demand creation activities that led to an increase of over 12,000 Women of Reproductive Age (WRA) as acceptors of Long Term Method of family planning (IUCD & Implant) within 6 years as Provider controlled reversible method is more ideal for women intending to space or limit birth. Also, within these 6 years period, almost 1,000,000 women and Men of reproductive age were furnished with information to improve their knowledge and perception for Long Term Method (LTM)

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The Incidences of maternal mortality rate in Nigeria has encouraged me to assist women with unmet need for family planning to prevent unintended pregnancies which often results in death & injuries from abortions provided in unsafe conditions closely spaced and ill-timed pregnancies and births contribute to some of the highest mortality rates in the country.

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

Reaching out to Women of Reproductive Age with unmet need for family planning In Muslim Communities who are fecund and sexually active but are not using any method of contraception as closely spaced and ill-timed pregnancies and births contribute to some of the highest mortality rates in Nigeria. To overcome this issue, male involvement sessions was introduced to address misconception, the role of men in pregnancy and child spacing.

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

Myths and misconceptions are a major factor militating against the adoption and use of modern family planning methods in Nigeria, most serious and most damaging the fear that contraceptive could impair the health of both the woman and the child

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

To contribute in the effort to reduction of Maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Nigeria currently about 400 out of every 100,000 live births by building an established structure which makes contacting, mobilising and referral of WRA at a very short notice and Involvement of religious groups to ensure better acceptance of Family

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