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Europe Maalim

Europe Maalim - 2019 Nominee
Position: Behaviour Change and Communications Coordinator
Organization: Trocaire
Current Location: Somalia
MSc Project Planning and Management from University of Nairobi
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
BA Development Studies from Mount Kenya University
PG Diploma in SRH in Low Resource Settings at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (2016)
Clinical Audit- Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists (2016)
RN, Kenya Medical Training College
Essential Obstetrics and Lifesaving skills- Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (2016)
Supportive Supervision, Mentoring and Coaching- AMREF
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Top 30 Under 40 Celebrating Excellence
    Awarding Organization:
    Al Muslimah Magazine & Chase Amira Bank
    Date Awarded:
    January 6, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Europe is passionate about empowering WRA with SRHR knowledge that enable them take informed decisions. Her work on FP in Somalia, Northern Kenya and the East Africa Women Mentoring Network is worth emulating considering the peculiarity of contexts. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Working in Somalia, one of the countries with the worst maternal health indicators and low CPR, I led a team in implementing a demand creation project for reproductive, maternal and newborn health. In 3 months we were able to reach over 15,000 women of reproductive age (WRA) with RH and FP messages that informed them on the right information to reproductive health and birth spacing which saw a record 3500 WRA going to the health facilities to seek these RH services.
While working in Northern Kenya, I took lead in a two pronged facility assessment that was to determine the readiness of 53 facilities in 6 sub counties along the migratory pathway of nomadic and semi-nomadic populations in Wajir and Mandera to provide quality FP services for these populations.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion was sparked when I was a student at medical school and during clinical placement at the maternity, I encountered many adolescents girls coming to have their babies at the hospital. Most of these girls were school going and younger than I was. I recalled the importance of the Reproductive Health class on FP and appreciated the fact that knowledge is power and if more adolescents girls would be reached with the right information about FP, then we would avoid many unplanned pregnancies.

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

As a BCC coordinator, I am the technical lead for a community demand creation program overseeing 3 BCC officers and 54 Female Community Influencers (FCIs) mandated to provide interpersonal communication skills and influence behaviour change in RH and FP via household visits. I believe in servant leadership and lead by example by providing on going mentor-ship, support supervision and technical guidance in project implementation. This contributed to immense performance in our RMNCH project.

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? :

Being a winner of 120 under 40 will give me the appropriate platform to advocate for FP and reproductive health rights for women of reproductive age in my country, regionally and globally. Advocacy in my community will be through community dialogue sessions with community members, gate keepers of the community and religious leaders. The $1000 will be used to support the Female Community Influencers as core people driving the FP and RH agenda in South Somalia to ensure the mCRP rate is increased.

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