Chidumga Ohazurike

Chidumga Ohazurike - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical doctor
Organization: Lagos University Teaching Hospital
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Masters degree in Public Health from University of Lagos
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate in Health Policy and Management- John Hopkins School of Public Health, HPM Fall Institute
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Scholarship award for certificate in Health Policy and Management
    Awarding Organization:
    John Hopkins School of Public Health, HPM Fall Institute
    Date Awarded:
    September 20, 2018
  • Award:
    ISQua Fellowship Scholarship
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    May 21, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Chidumga is a public health physician who works to ensure gender equity in the area of SRHR for women and girls. She believes that knowledge and informed choice can break down barriers to access and service delivery in family planning programs – Ephraim Ohazurike , Medical doctor at Lagos university teaching hospital
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In the last 4 years through community outreaches, I have engaged over 20 community leaders/gatekeepers in rural and slum communities to improve demand generation, knowledge of FP and linkages to 2 of our FP clinics where there are no user fees. These outreaches have also served as opportunity for the last mile provision of FP services to over 300 women in the last 4 years thereby reducing the unmet need in these communities. I have also engaged in panel discussions and radio shows targeted specially to dispel myths and misconceptions around FP methods and use. Most recently, in partnership with a local non-profit, i shot a video on FP for social media use to reach a wider audience of upwardly mobile young women with evidence based and scientifically accurate information on FP.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My mum was a successful FP user. I knew she was using the"coil"at about 10 years of age. I watched her build a successful business after that. She was living her dream. I was out of job after I had my son due to the unfavorable working hours. I opted to use the "coil", It gave me the freedom and choice to go back to school and earn a masters degree. The degree empowered me to negotiate better terms of employment. Just like my mum, I started living my dream. Every woman should live her dream!

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

Leadership is "Leading from the front". I have had to show potential clients the implant scar on my arm to dispel myths over the method. I am family planning champion by reason of use. I lead from the front! Secondly, the community outreaches provide a platform to display leadership skills such as effective communication, negotiation and resourcefulness. My work in SRH in the last 4 years have taught me these invaluable skills and I am deeply drawn to this worthy cause.

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? :

It will provide opportunities for new knowledge, opportunities and partnerships with people of like minds working towards a similar goal as well as open channels of advocacy with policy makers at sub-national levels to drive FP Program implementation.
I would like to use the grant award to provide free FP services to at least 100 more women living in under served rural and slum communities over the course of the grant period. This will empower 100 more women to live their dreams.

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
community engagement on increasing FP demand generation attending to a potential FP client community entry meeting for community leaders to grant us access to convene community members

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