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Costly Aderibigbe

Costly Aderibigbe - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor/ Founder
Organization: Value Female Network
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa.
MB;BS from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Understanding The Rights of Women and Girls organized by Young African Leaders Initiative.
2. Management strategies for people and resources organized by Young Africans Leaders Initiative.
3. Social intra-preneurship in Health Care Course organized by Ashoka.
4. Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy organized by United Nations Population Funds, Nigeria Country Office.
5. Reproductive Rights Advocacy training organized by Ipas Nigeria.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Award of Special Recognition for Selfless Service to Humanity
    Awarding Organization:
    Youth Reformers Initiative
    Date Awarded:
    May 2, 2019
  • Award:
    Special Recognition Award for been a Guest Speaker at ILUMSA 40th Health week
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Illorin Medical Student's Association
    Date Awarded:
    November 6, 2018
  • Award:
    Certificate of Service
    Awarding Organization:
    Nigerian Medical students' Association
    Date Awarded:
    November 21, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
She has organized free adolescent boot camp for in and out of School girls and girls living with disabilities through her NGO and the camp has provided sexual and reproductive health information and services to 500 girls since commencement in 2017. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through my work on Family Planning, about 10,000 young people in rural and urban communities in Osun State now have accurate information on Family Planning & more than half of them are on their preferred Family Planning method, mostly barrier contraceptives. This feat was achieved through the innovative establishment of Mobile Adolescent Friendly Center (Project MAFC) by my NGO which has provided safe spaces for young people, especially girls in rural communities and also establishment of 25 sexual and reproductive health clubs in Secondary Schools in Osun State since 2016. Prior to this time, there is no space for such and young people sexual and reproductive health needs were not met based on my research. Young people have rights to family planning and they should never be denied!

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I developed the passion to save lives through Family Planning while I was in Medical School having participated in the management of young patients who present to the hospital in emergencies due to incomplete unsafe abortion & sexually transmitted infections. I found out that most would not have been victims if only they had correct information & access to unbiased contraceptive services. Unplanned/teenage pregnancy put girls at risk of stigma, School drop-out, poverty or death. FP save lives.

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

I founded an NGO in 2016 while I was a medical student to protect girls & promote young people's SRHR and I have directly trained over 200 medical students across Nigeria on advocacy for family planning rights of young people.
Furthermore, I am currently serving on United Nations Population Funds(UNFPA) Youth Advisory Panel where I inter-phase between UNFPA and young people by ensuring that young people's sexual and reproductive health priorities are reflected in UNFPA Nigeria's work-plan.

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? :

I will partner with Family Planning(FP) advocates to engage the government through coordinated advocacy to fulfill their FP commitments by increasing MCPR from 18% to 27% by year 2020.
I will use the $1000 grant to scale up my Mobile Adolescent Friendly Center Project which will enable 10,000 more young people in rural communities to access Family Planning Information & Services. Also, I will create a virtual platform for young people to interact with service providers & access services.

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