Chibuike Alagboso

Chibuike Alagboso - 2016 Nominee
Position: Country coordinator
Organization: International Youth Alliance for family Planning
He has trained young people as peer educators to understand & take up FP services. He also advocated for increased access for young people as a citizen journalist. He has coordinated countrywide programs to reach young people in hard to reach areas – Delight Murigo, Program Officer at Students And Youth Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

When family planning is mentioned, most young people it's only for those who have families. I have been able to correct this impression with knowledge acquired while volunteering as country coordinator for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning. As an indispensable tool for advocacy, I have used new media tools to inform and also advocate for young people to have access to life saving SRH information as a citizen journalist for an international media outlet. Through country projects I coordinated, I have impacted young people and trained peer educators to inform other peers in their communities. I have helped people understand family planning better and change their misconceptions about it especially as it concerns using family planning for population control

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I did my national youth service in a community with high prevalence of young people uninformed about sexual and reproductive health which led to unintended pregnancies and high rate of sexually transmitted infections. I wanted to help them have the right information in order to make informed choices

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

Speaking to young people about sexual and reproductive health has always been a problem because of our very conservative society. My biggest challenge has always been broaching the topic of sex to young people and getting the school system to allow the topic to be discussed in first place. What I have done is to use data to convince the administrators and teachers that the students are already accessing the wrong information from the wrong sources and suffering as a result of it.

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

The biggest challenge is lack of information to the public on the benefits of taking up family planning and lack of policies on health of young people. Corruption is also a major challenge. Addressing these will involve massive campaigns to get people informed. This will increase uptake and push the government to show more commitment by developing and implementing necessary policies to achieve increased CPR. The challenge of corruption can be checked by using data effectively

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

I want to scale up the services of my new mobile health care delivery outfit and expand to delivering family planning services to clients all over Nigeria. I want to be managing and coordinating more than 500 staff in various cities in Nigeria. I should have completed my masters degree and other relevant training I need to improve my administrative, media and global health skills in order to consult for global health bodies. My health media project must have gained international recognition

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