Ernree Neeplo

Ernree Neeplo - 2016 Nominee
Position: Program Manager
Organization: Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia
Ernree has lead the team to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services including family planning to the unmet population of Liberia through mobile clinics and market places. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Over the past years, my contributions towards family planning includes designing gender sensitive and rights based programs aimed at increasing adolescents and women of reproductive ages access to voluntary family planning services. I have also trained and mentored health workers for the efficient delivery of sexual and reproductive health services with emphasis on voluntary family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Being a Public Health Specialist, my passion for family planning developed after analysing the poor health indicators of the Country and most of which can be averted just by the use of family planning services.
My passion is also dated way back to my teen years when I was recruited and trained as a peer-to-peer educator in providing accurate information on family planning and other sexual and reproductive health rights information.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

One of my bigest challenge faced in my family planning efforts has been disputing the myths and misinformation regarding family planning methods.
To overcome this, I have worked with faith based organizations, traditional and community leaders providing accurate information about family planning and child spacing as well as dispelling the myths regarding family planning methods.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

In Liberia, there's huge unmet needs and very low utilization of family planning services due to the high illiteracy rate and deep rooted cultural beliefs regarding contraceptives methods.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

In the next few years, I will continously contribute immensely to the reduction of the high maternal mortality rate in the Country by championing family planning rights and choices. I will continue to empower health workers and volunteers especially young people to increasingly promote access to family planning information and services.
I will network with other colleagues in the field in and out of the country to learn more innovative ways in promoting family planning information and service

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