Ayoola Oladosu

Ayoola Oladosu - 2019 Nominee
Position: Interviewer
Organization: Population Services International
B. Tech in Biochemistry from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Global Health Project Management (In Progress) - University of Washington Global Health e-learning
• Global Public Health (In Progress) - Sustainable Development Goals Academy
• Global health e-learning powered by United Agency for International Development (USAID) and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
o Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (2018)
o Community -Based Family Planning (2018)
o Gender Monitoring and Evaluation (2018)
o Health communication for manager (2018)
o Demographic and health survey: Data use (2018)
o Designing HIV prevention program for key population (2018)
o Family planning and HIV service integration (2018)
o Gender and health system strengthening (2018)
o Gender and sexual reproductive health (2018)
o Special consideration for highly vulnerable children and their caregivers (2018)
o Improving the lives of young vulnerable children and their caregivers (2018)
o Integrated early childhood development programming for young vulnerable children (2018)
o Creating an enabling environment for young vulnerable children and other care givers (2018)
o M & E of Holistic Early Childhood Development Programs (2018)
• Young African Leaders Initiative.
o Effective Communication for Healthy Outcomes (2018)
o Community Organizing for Action (2018)
o Fundraising Concepts (2018)
75 Public Votes Reached!
A Biochemist by education, Ayoola Oladosu mobilizes and conducts interviews with women in rural and hard-to-reach areas in Lagos State to find out their use of modern contraception in order to inform better service delivery at health facilities. – Onyinye Edeh, Associate, Anglophone Africa at Family Planning 2020
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In the course of my career as a Research Assistant for the Women's Health Project at the Population Services International, a non-governmental organization in Nigeria, which is been implemented in 22 states and the FCT, I ensured the collection of accurate data using qualitative in-depth interviews with women of reproductive age between 18 to 45 years at the study clinics in rural communities. The study found that, prior to the Project, there were on average 69 new contraceptive acceptors at most of the facilities, and during the initiative, there were over 180 new contraceptives acceptors; this difference was statistically significant (p=0.0002) as the project was aimed to increase the uptake of modern methods of contraception as well as reduce the number of maternal morbidity & mortality

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up with my 7 siblings in the village in south west Nigeria, with very limited resources, hardship and poor economic prospects birthed in me a very strong desire to make a difference. All these coupled with meeting a couple of teenage girls who almost lost their lives during the delivery of their babies reinforced this passion in me. In Nigeria, an estimated 23% of women aged 15 to 19 years have begun child bearing of which 17% have had their first child and 5% are pregnant with first.

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

During my fieldwork, I ensured data are accurately obtained through the use of electronic data capture techniques, this aid the proper highlighting of the challenges and peculiarities that are specific to the adoption of family planning methods in each community and ensures proper monitoring & evaluation of the family planning projects that are being executed. I also advocated for family planning by informing women of reproductive ages of the different family planning methods.

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? :

When named a winner, I intend to use the grant in organizing community outreach and advocating for the adoption of FP in the Igbe Laara suburb of Igbogbo Local Community Development Area in Ikorodu, Lagos State by printing stickers / posters in English, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa and Pidgin English showing the different types of family planning methods and why it should be adopted. I intend to partner with the N-Power Health Volunteers to reach at least 500 women of reproductive age in the community.

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