charles umeh

charles umeh - 2017 Nominee
Position: Doctor
Organization: International youth alliance for family planning
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Doctor of Medicine from Nnamdi azikiwe university
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC)
Logistic Management and information System (LMIS)
Life Saving Skills( LSS)
Systems Thinking in Public Health
Peer Education Training certificate on Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS including Family Planning

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Global youth ambassador
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    July 1, 2016
  • Award:
    Mtn scholarship award
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    February 19, 2010
  • Award:
    Family planning and SRHR award
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    December 15, 2013
He has been carrying out research on family planning issues and have also used his office as a medical doctor to educate people on what family planning entails. He is currently working on a project that involves family planning awareness. – Akwuiwu Deborah , Student at Iyafp
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through my awareness programs ,12000000 couples in Nigeria have been able to adopt family planning methods based on their needs.i am a member of the international youth alliance for family planning( this organization ,I engage in lots of good family planning activities such as media publicity ,advocacy ,research and services.I have established family planning awareness clubs in secondary schools where students are educated on family planning issues .I have been able to donate condoms and oral contraceptives to about 200000 people in Nigeria .i run weekly family planning programs in my city.I am currently working on developing a family planning mobile application that will assist all couples in the world in choosing the best family planning methods for themselves.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The increasing trend in world population growth and the adverse effects (including economic crisis) which poor family planning have on the health of women and children was what sparked my passion for family planning .The ignorance of use of family planning methods among couples also sparked my passion for family planning.I have 10 years experience working on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the humanitarian field and these experiences also sparked my passion for family planning.

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

I am the leader of international youth alliance for family planning in my state and i co-ordinate family planning activities by supervising and working with 10000 volunteers who are passionate about family planning. I am also the leader of the the nigeria family planning secondary school club where i educate secondary school children on the importance and use of family planning methods.I also liase with the state government to inculcate family planning while making health budgets for the state.

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? :

With the 1000 dollars ,I am going to establish a family planning club in my country for couples where i will be educating them on the importance and methods of family planning .I am going to use the money to process the club registration and logistics .I will also use the money to establish an international television station where only family planning issues will be discussed.I will use part of the money to complete my family planning mobile application development project.

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