Arefa Antora

Arefa Antora - 2019 Nominee
Position: National Family Planning Officer
Organization: UNFPA
Current Location: Bangladesh
Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU)
75 Public Votes Reached!
Antora has implemented a unique project on accelerating IUD coverage among the postpartum women in Bangladesh. She is now being managed and implementing family planning programme for the refugees living in the world largest camps in Cox's Bazar. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

*Working for 9 yrs in FP & SRH sector to promote, raising awareness & building capacity.
*Worked for 5 yrs with MSF in urban slum areas to improve overall SRH & FP situation among the LIC population.
*Led institutionalization of PPIUD in Bangladesh through program development, advocacy, capacity building & implementation by FIGO & OGSB. 6 tertiary medical facilities, 15 OGSB branches & DGNM in BD brought under the coverage of the program. 50+ doctors trained as Master trainers, 2000+ service providers trained, 0.15 mil+ women sensitized & 9000+ women received PPIUD during the period.
*Currently working on developing FP program for improving the status of Unmet need for FP in Cox’s Bazar focusing almost 1 million Rohingya refugees (The largest humanitarian refuge crisis in world).

What sparked your passion for family planning?

When I started my career with MSF working in urban slum areas directly with the pregnant and lactating mothers, I found more than 70% of them adolescent, young & malnourished. The major cause behind these was lack of awareness & access to FP services, social & religious stigma & taboos. These specific scenarios triggered me to redesign my career path and get more involve directly with activities to improve the overall FP situation and eradicate the unmet need of FP.

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

*I am working as the National FP Officer in Cox’s Bazar with UNFPA, where I am the focal person for all the UN agencies, implementing partners and other stake holders. I am involved as focal point in all planning level activities, liaise with govt. agencies and monitor implementation on the field.
*I led institutionalization of PPIUD in Bangladesh through program development, advocacy, capacity building & implementation in 6 tertiary medical facilities in the country with FIGO & OGSB.

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 use the platform & achievement to trigger advocacy & policy implementation discussion to the stakeholder level. Will use the grant on Awareness building activity in the community/camp settings (i.e focus group discussion) & focus on initiate a team of youth change makers to enable the activities to ensure awareness for the right based FP services in the community and push it towards a movement.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
While Advocating FP services and briefing the current FP situation in the rohingya refugee camps to a group of donor level delegation. At Planning & Dissemination meeting on Institutionalization of PPIUD in Bangladesh with FIGO & OGSB team. At a Capacity building workshop for midwives on LARC method.

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