Emman Babatunde Ajidagba

75 Public Votes Reached!
Emman Babatunde Ajidagba - 2017 Nominee
Position: Medical doctor,SHRH advocate
Organization: Kids & Teens Resource Center
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Bachelor of Medicine,Bachelor of Surgery from Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
Certificate of participation in Young People, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Human Rights.
Certificate of outstanding and complete participation on Designing Project and Developing Proposal for Change
Certificate of Achievement in Global Health (upon the completion of six online courses which include Family planning, Data quality, Data use for programme manager, Monitoring and Evaluation fundamentals, among others
Presently enrolled in an online Certificate Course in Global Health Research ,Global Health and Monitoring and Evaluation with Global Health University, Unite for Sight, Connecticut ,USA
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    2013 Women Deliver Young Leader Program
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver,USA
    Date Awarded:
    November 12, 2012
  • Award:
    Award of C-Exchange grant of 5,000USD
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver ,USA
    Date Awarded:
    September 12, 2014
  • Award:
    Best Peer Health Educator in Campus Health and Right Initiative
    Awarding Organization:
    Campus Health And Rights Initiative,Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife
    Date Awarded:
    March 9, 2011
He was one of the 10 young leaders who won the C-exchange grant of 5,000USD from Women Deliver which he used to promote contraceptives information among young undergraduates of Obafemi Awolowo University, in Nigeria using mobile phones technology. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I was one of the 10 young leaders who won the C-Exchange grant of 5,000USD from Women Deliver to implement a project in Nigeria in 2014. My project was designed to promote young people’s access to contraceptives information and services by using mobile phones technology among undergraduates’ students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.During the 6-month project, In total, about 19,341 text messages were sent out [30 messages (a message per week) per client with more female subscribers (60%) than males (40%). Abstract “Using mobile technology to break barriers of youth’s access to contraceptives” from the project was accepted for oral presentation at the 2016 International Conference on family planning, Bali, Indonesia..I was there to make the presentation.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up, I learned it is a taboo to mention sex or some parts of my body (such as “penis”) and it is a taboo to seek contraceptive services as a young person. There is high rate of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions among young people contributing to high school drop out among girls and untimely deaths of young girls in Nigeria due unsafe abortion . These events sparked my passion for promotion of contraceptives among young people to reduce unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion

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

During my undergraduate days, I was the coordinator of Campus Health & Rights Initiative (CHRI), an NGO that focuses on promoting reproductive health and protecting reproductive rights of young adults especially girls and women in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. I led the organization in capacity building –using the peer health education approach; information, education through a program tagged “Campus Health Forum” where topics of interest on contraception were discussed.

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? :

The new platform will help me showcase my efforts in removing barriers faced by young people in accessing contraceptives services.The$1000 grant will be used to continue the project using mobile phones technology to promote FP which I started in 2014 with Women Deliver grant. The initiative has hugely served to remove the sociocultural barriers of adult service providers who are most often judgemental and insensitive to young people when accessing contraceptives information and services.

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