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Cyril Onwuelazu Uteh

Cyril Onwuelazu Uteh - 2019 Nominee
Position: Health Information Management Officer / Founder and CEO / Africa4Her Champion / Health Advocate / Community Mobilizer
Organization: Ministry of Health, Oyo State, Nigeria /Better Life for All Foundation /Immunizing Pregnant Women and Infants Network (IMPRINT) /Child Health and Rights (CHIFA) /Royal Society for Public Health /UN Major Group for Children and Youth /WHO GHWN Youthhub
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
MSc Pharmaceutical Microbiology from University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
ADDITIONAL DEGREE AND CERTIFICATION
Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology (2015) from the University of Port Harcourt
Certificate of Participation (2019): Data-Informed Decision-Making Training Programme for Mandela Washington Fellows, held in Kigali, Rwanda; organized by IREX and funded by USAID
Certificate of Participation (2019): Conference for Mandela Washington Fellows on “Building African Youth Confidence in Good Governance”, held in Kigali, Rwanda; organized by IREX and funded by USAID
Certificate of Completion (2018): Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders; from the U.S. Department of State
Personal Commendation Letter (2018) in recognition of the role played as an Advisory Mentor for Queens Young Leaders across the Commonwealth; from the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
U.S. based Mandela Washington Fellows Programme (2018): Certificate in Public Management from the University of Minnesota, USA
Certificate of Recognition (2018) as a YALI Network Health Advocate for organizing #YALICARES EVENT in Nigeria; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2018): Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage; from the World Health Organization (WHO)
Certificate of Participation (2018): Antimicrobial Stewardship: A competency-based approach; from the World Health Organization (WHO)
Certificate of Completion (2018): Effective Communication for Healthy Outcomes; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2018): What Does Not Work in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Review of Evidence on Interventions Commonly Accepted as Best Practices; from the Global Health eLearning Center
Certificate of Completion (2017): Improving Interpersonal Communication and Relationships; from the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness
Certificate of Completion (2017): Focus on Understanding the Rights of Women and Girls; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2017): Facilitator Training; from the South Central Public Health Training Center
Certificate of Completion (2017): Program Development and Evaluation; from the New York – New Jersey Public Health Training Center
Certificate of Completion (2017): Field Epidemiology; from the Empire State Public Health Training Center
Certificate of Achievement (2017) for excellent reporting and performance as a social media reporter; from the Association of African Universities
Certificate of Completion (2016): Malaria in Pregnancy; from the Global Health eLearning Center
Certificate of Completion (2016): Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV; from the Global Health eLearning Center
Proficiency Certificate in Management (2016) from the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered)
Certificate of Completion (2016): Food Protection; from the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness
Certificate of Completion (2016): Management Strategies for People and Resources; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2016): Foodborne Illness Outbreak Environmental Assessments; from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Certificate of Honour (2016) in recognition of the contribution in the fight against counterfeit medicines and other substandard regulated products; from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
Certificate of Completion (2016): Focus on Understanding Climate Change; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2016): Servant Leadership; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2016): Workforce Collaboration and Development; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2016): Focus on Understanding Human Rights; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2016): Creating and Maintaining Social Enterprises; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2016): Infectious Disease; from the South Central Public Health Training Center
Certificate of Completion (2016): Environmental Health Issues in Disasters; from the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness
Certificate of Completion (2016): Community Organizing for Action; from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network
Certificate of Completion (2016): Bioterrorism Preparedness: Infectious Disease Transmission Dynamics; from the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness
Certificate of Completion (2016): Occupational Safety and Health – EPHOC; from the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness
Certificate of Completion (2016): Potable Water – EPHOC; from the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    2018 Fellow, Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
    Awarding Organization:
    U.S. Department of State
    Date Awarded:
    August 2, 2018
  • Award:
    2018 Advisory Mentor
    Awarding Organization:
    Queen's Young Leaders Programme
    Date Awarded:
    April 11, 2018
  • Award:
    Merit Undergraduate Scholarship Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Delta State Scholarship Board, Delta State, Nigeria
    Date Awarded:
    May 19, 2011
75 Public Votes Reached!
He is the Founder and CEO of Better Life for All Foundation, a youth-led organization serving Nigerian adolescents and youths with programs on sexual and reproductive health and rights, mental health and Drug, created with the aim of modeling leaders – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a Health Information Management Officer with the Ministry of Health, Oyo State, Nigeria, I have executed training of over 1520 Community Health Workers on proper documentation and the use of data for family planning, labour and delivery, immunization and nutrition services. I have also conducted data validation activities in more than 25 out of 33 local government areas of the state. These activities ensured that quality data are available to inform evidence-based and data-driven family planning policies and programmes in the state. Furthermore, as the Founder and CEO of Better Life for All Foundation, I have designed and delivered advocacy toolkits for the foundation that met the sexual and reproductive health needs of over 1430 adolescents in Southern Nigeria through sex education.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My birth and growth in a rural community showed me how families took pride in male children, and their quest for male heirs led to over childbearing. I also, saw a high number of adolescent girls drop out of school due to early marriage or adolescent pregnancy. More shocking was that society frowned at contraceptive use, while a woman’s worth was tied to her fertility rate. These events informed my interest in promoting SRHR through programming, advocacy and comprehensive sexuality education.

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

Leading change in family planning, I championed an Africa4Her project with YALI Network, and executed a Safe Sex Campaign with the Better Life for All Foundation, to uphold the rights of women and girls, advocate for family planning and promote other SRHR. Both events, which informed behavioural changes, reached out to over 3500 participants of adolescents, youths and adults. Furthermore, I have shaped data-informed policies on family planning, as a Health Information Management Officer

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? :

Collaboration improves project outcome. Therefore, if I am named as a 120 under 40 winner, I will leverage this platform to collaborate with other young family planning advocates in implementing cross-border family planning programmes, thereby advancing my work. Using the $1000 grant, I will support family planning grassroots outreaches in underserved communities in Southern Nigeria, which are more at risk. Finally, I will employ the 120 under 40 channels to share my work and amplify my voice

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