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Boma Levy-Braide

Boma Levy-Braide - 2019 Nominee
Position: Founder/CEO
Organization: Resilience Aid Initiative (RAI)
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from University of Lagos, Nigeria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
The University of Liverpool, Master of Public Health, 2018 (In view).
FHI360, Management essentials, 2018; Research ethics, 2017.
Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Fundamentals of Implementation Science, 2016; Leadership and Management in Health, 2016; Clinical Management of HIV, 2016; Introduction to epidemiology, 2018; Principles of HIV and STI research methodology, 2017.
Global Health E-Learning Center, Certificate in family planning, and reproductive health, 2017; Protecting life in global health assistance and statutory abortion restrictions, 2017; US Abortion and Family Planning requirement, 2017; Protecting life in global health assistance and statutory abortion restrictions, 2017.
Population & Reproductive health Programs, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife/John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Monitoring and Evaluation of public health programs; Use of STATA, 2017.
International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), Accessor on Safe Care Standards on Quality Improvement, 2017.
Kalu Institute, Gender, and Cross-cutting Approaches, 2018.
CCCRN, New service delivery model for HIV care and treatment, 2017.
Center for Clinical Global Health Education, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Data Quality, 2016; Confronting Gender-Based Violence, 2016.
Young African Leader Initiative, Understanding the rights of women and girls, 2016; Public-Private Partnership, 2016.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Award of commendation
    Awarding Organization:
    Medical and Health Support Group, NYSC
    Date Awarded:
    October 27, 2015
  • Award:
    Service Award
    Awarding Organization:
    FHI360
    Date Awarded:
    August 6, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Dr. Boma is the founder/CEO of Resilience Aid Initiative (RAI), an NGO that promotes FP services and eliminates GBV. Reached over 70 women and girls faced with GBV with FP services. Supports FP/HIV integration, linked over 2000 WLHIV with FP services – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I founded Resilient Aid Initiative (RAI) in 2018, a non-government organization that supports positive behavioral change and access to Family Planning (FP) services for young girls including addressing all forms of violence. For the past 6 years, I have been providing support for FP/HIV integration. I designed a group level intervention curriculum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right needs for adolescents.
I have led access to FP services for over 2,000 women living with HIV across 150 health facilities in Nigeria. I linked over 70 women and girls faced with physical, emotional and sexual violence to FP services through community outreaches. I instituted adolescent friendly programs and support groups in 7 communities in Rivers state, with access to FP services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up, my very close friend was in an abusive sexual relationship and sought FP services at a health facility but was turned down because the health care workers felt she was too young. She eventually got pregnant and tried to terminate the pregnancy because she was not ready. She developed complications in the process and almost lost her life. Since then, I decided to educate young girls on their SRHR and increase awareness, knowledge, and access to FP services.

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

1. I Founded Resilience Aid International (RAI), a non-governmental organization that promotes FP services and provides socio-economic support to resilient young girls confronted with all forms of violence.
2. I have led community and health facility intervention programs on FP and HIV integration and created access to FP services among young girls in south-south and southwest Nigeria.

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? :

If I am named a winner of 120 under 40, I will use the curriculum I designed on SRHR needs for adolescents to educate 1000 girls on FP services and integrate FP with menstrual hygiene in Osun state, Nigeria. RAI has the capacity to make an even greater change to FP programs.

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