Caroline Osei-Fosu

Caroline Osei-Fosu - 2016 Nominee
Position: Nurse
Organization: KNUST
Caroline is not only a SRH service provider for young people, she is also a peer educator, youth volunteer, National Treasurer of Youth Action Movement (YAM), and Vice-President of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Gender inequality and discrimination against the girl-child and women has been some of the causes why most women do not use family planning method due to the fact that their husbands are not in agreement with family planning. The reason given and the underlying causes are not read or taught but lived and experienced. What I have done to solve this social menace is by educating my community and the country as whole on the importance of Family planning services to both mother, father and the children. I also provide some of the services to the women.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As an African young lady, I have grown up from typical African family, schooled in African institutions and continue to live in an African society/community I have seen many family having many children which they can't support and the children becoming school drop out, teenage pregnancies and unsafe abortion in the community and due to this reasons I developed passion for family planning and decide to educate and provide service to them to held reduce these problem in my community

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

The biggest challenge I have faced so far in family planning is religious believes of the people but with education we are making head way with the situation and some of the religious denominations are now opening their doors for education of their congregation.

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

Lack of government investments in FP programmes and service provision for adolescents has left this population with a increased cases of teenage pregnancies, unsafe abortions and STIs. This can only be addressed by providing comprehensive age-appropriate info and services on sexual health and FP, social protection approaches and by having metrics by which to assess change

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

What I want to accomplish in the next 5 years is by having my masters and PhD in nursing in other to have more in-depth knowledge in my field of work to able to help my country by teaching student nurses in the university and by that platform I can have more influence on the student in the field of family planning and help build social assets to improve girls’ abilities to protect themselves by reducing their social isolation and providing them with social safety nets through mentorship.

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