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Edwin Oyoma Akpotor

Edwin Oyoma Akpotor - 2019 Nominee
Position: Senior Program Officer
Organization: Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria -PACFaH Project
Current Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Benin, Nigeria/Pharmacy
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Winner, Future Leaders Connect Program
    Awarding Organization:
    British Council/UK Government
    Date Awarded:
    August 2, 2018
  • Award:
    Outstanding Fund Raising Committee Chairman
    Awarding Organization:
    National Fellowship of Christian Pharmacy Students (NFCPS), University of Benin
    Date Awarded:
    October 10, 2011
  • Award:
    Distinguished Parliamentarian
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Benin, Nigeria
    Date Awarded:
    October 20, 2010
75 Public Votes Reached!
Edwin Akpotor provided technical support to the Nigeria government in the expansion of FP Services delivered by the private sector, CPs & PPMVs (over 40% of Nigeria health workforce) with their inclusion in the Task shifting Task sharing policy. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

The high level advocacy that I have led to officials of Nigeria Ministry of Health has contributed to:
(1). The inclusion of the critical private sector (CPs and PPMVs) as providers of expanded family planning services and products in the 2018 Task Shifting and Task Sharing Policy;
(2). The inclusion of Sayana Press (DMPA-SC) in the Nigeria Essential Medicines List-making this life-saving self-administered family planning commodity available at the community level as well as for the private sector (CPs and PPMVs);
(3). Supported the government of Nigeria in the development, validation and launching of DMPA-SC Self Injection Guidelines;
(4). Supported Lagos State Government in developing Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (2018-2023)

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My family. I was born into a family of 24 children. Staying in a home with 24 siblings is a big challenge which I don't want people to experience. I want every girl, woman, and family to be empowered in deciding the number and space between birth. Every birth should be planned. Due to their number and spread, the private sector (CPs and PPMVs) is the key to empowerment and improved access to family planning.

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

(1). Due to policy restrictions, identified, trained private sector (CPs and PPMVs) were prevented from providing injectable contraceptives. I led a team to Kaduna State Government on this issue. After series of advocacy engagements, an approval was given for the affected private sector players to provide these critical services.
(2). A similar challenge was experienced in Lagos State on the CPs and PPMVs project. Approval was issued to the team led by me.

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? :

My passion is to strengthen the private sector. I will organize in 2019, 2 family planning capacity building workshops for 100 CPs and 100 PPMVs in Kano State on right-based FP service provision, overview of their expanded FP task shifting role and how to administer (DMPA-SC) Sayana Press. As an incentive, I will distribute 50 pieces of Sayana Press (free of charge) to each of them.

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