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Dr. Halimah Sanda

Dr. Halimah Sanda - 2019 Nominee
Position: State SRMNH Program Lead, and Deputy State Team Lead
Organization: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Masters from University of Debrecen/ Masters in Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Doctor of Medicine
75 Public Votes Reached!
Halimah has worked on productive postparturm family planning community initiative and as the sate program lead and first contact for the State Ministry of Health she has been instrumental in the delivery and success the team has achieved in improving – Dr Imam Wada Bello , Deputy Director Public Health and Reproductive health Kano at Ministry of Health Kano
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I coordinated CHAI’s support to Kano state Goverment to enable all women in Kano state have access to their choice of high-quality contraceptives, thereby dramatically decreasing maternal and newborn deaths, and ensuring healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. I led CHAI's support in Kano to build capacity of 88 Doctors on post caesarean insertion of PPFP, 481 Healthcare workers on post-partum family planning training for Family Planning across 132 Health facilities and 1025 TBAs on on post-partum family planning referral in the 10 LGAs. This, combined with intensive community engagement and sensitization activities has resulted in a 3,170% and 1,549% growth in the uptake of immediate PPIUDs and PP Implants respectively.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Being a Doctor, exposed me to Maternal & Neonatal Health tragedies in Northern Nigeria. The findings of my job experience made me welcome the challenge of serving communities, & participating in such a dynamic & challenging field further increased my passion for MNH. I have always wondered what if ever woman is the one who decides when to have a baby, & how many to have. But I have never wondered who would help make that change, I always knew I was that someone or at least part of the team.

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

For the Past 5 year, I have worked pro bono for Muhd Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital In Kano where`I call once every week in the O&G department. Where I perform Caesarean section as well as counsel women on Post Caesarean Family Planning. I am currently sponsoring 3 girly from rural community to training in Midwifery. and I plan to continue with the practice every 3 years.

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 work with community leaders to empower women in rural communities to be able them make informed decisions on their reproductive health, and a give them a chance to play a role in shaping their own destiny.

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