Divine Njodzeven Ngitir

Divine Njodzeven Ngitir - 2019 Nominee
Position: Women's Health Programme Coordinator
Organization: Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services
Current Location: Cameroon;Africa
Bachelor’s Degree from University of Buea
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research by the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research in collaboration with the World Health Organization (7 months online course)
• Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: From Evidence to Action by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (6 weeks online course).
• Diplomacy in the 21st Century by the Open University, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Diplomatic Academy (6 weeks online course)

Global Health e-Learning courses completed:
• Family Planning Programming - Elements of Success
• Community-Based Family Planning
• Family Planning and HIV Service Integration
• Gender & Sexual and Reproductive Health
. Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health
in Crisis Situation.
• M&E Fundamentals
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    For outstanding services and exceptional commitment to the health of the community during the CASEC Medical Mission to Cameroon
    Awarding Organization:
    Patcha Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    June 24, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Divine empowers over 1000 women/girls in Cameroon annually to make informed choices about family planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health through counseling and service provision. He does mainly through his initiative called ‘Her Access Aid’. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

For the past 6 years, as a women’s health program clinician/coordinator, I have headed teams of healthcare staff to bridge the rural-urban gap in health care access, by organizing mobile clinics to women/girls in remote rural communities in Cameroon. This has enabled over 6,300 underserved women/girls to benefit from family planning (FP) services along with cervical cancer screening.
Also, I founded an innovative, online initiative on Facebook: “Her Access Aid” where the young/adults freely reach out for counselling on sexual & reproductive health (SRH) issues including family planning. Here, through short educative videos, I do (most often in simple Pidgin English), 1000s are reached with SRH messages, precisely on modern contraception & cervical cancer prevention.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for FP was kindled when I lost my aunt to unsafe abortion & later compounded when my younger sister dropped out of school because of unintended teenage pregnancy due to FP misconceptions and taboos surrounding sex, especially among young people in Cameroon. Knowing that all these could be evaded, with improved access to comprehensive FP services, I feel morally obligated to ensuring that disadvantaged women/girls in Cameroon should be able to access FP information/services at all time

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

I am currently leading the women's health program in Nkwen Baptist Health Center of the largest faith-based organization in Cameroon for 3 years now, where I have and is building staff capacity in the full range of family planning methods and services, which has led to increased uptake by over 30%. I also have networked with over 12 radio stations in the NW region of Cameroon where we continuously raise awareness and are committed to changing the negative narrative around family planning.

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? :

Leveraging on my networking skills, I will actively engage and build new connections with other FP champions, to share thoughts and seek future partnerships that will continue to improve FP access and services in rural Cameroon & globally.
With the $1000 grant, I plan to purchase a laptop which will assist significantly in our program monitoring/evaluation. In addition, I intend to use part of the grant to develop “Her Access Aid” website.

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