A F M Nazmul Alam

A F M Nazmul Alam - 2019 Nominee
Position: Health Communications Specialist & Founder
Organization: Mumble
Current Location: Bangladesh, Asia
Master of Business Administration from University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
BSc (Engg) in Computer Science and Engineering with a focus on system analysis and design which always help me to design technology-based interventions.
Professional training on "Advances in Strategic Communications" from JH-CCP.
Advanced training on SRHR and gender from several Aid agencies.
Trained on Mobile Based Real-Time Data Collection, Analysis & Mapping.

75 Public Votes Reached!
Nazmul has been utilizing the digital and alternative media channels to educate the adolescent girls and women of ethnic minorities on hygiene and family planning and mobilizing the youth to dispel the myths and misconceptions about contraceptives. – Shamima Parveen, Gender and Youth Manager at Pathfinder International
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have conducted formative research on the perception of the ethnic populations residing in Bangladesh on family planning and the findings were presented at the ICFP 2018. I developed SBCC materials on five different ethnic languages that helped to eliminate the language barrier between the frontline health workers and the local women that increased the acceptance rate of implant and injectables. Besides, to educate the youth and adolescents on FP services, I developed radio programs for 14 different community radio stations.
Good data can only ensure informed decision making. I developed a mobile-based real-time data collection module and trained the health workers, which were used to track the FP performance and facility radiness of 59 selected service delivery facilities.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Back in 2014, I met Tarana, a victim of child marriage and due to repeated pregnancy, she was suffering from obstetric fistula. Watching her physical and mental trauma, I realized for the first time that Family planning is not only about choosing a contraceptive or keeping the family size down and started to feel it as a human right. Using digital and new media communication channels, I thrive to educate the ethnic and marginalized women and let them combat prevailing myths and misconceptions.

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

To dispel the religious myths and misconceptions, I introduced a communication campaign using community radios in selected low performing areas, where the women of reproductive age can talk to the FP specialists to eliminate their confusions.
The workforce of the ready-made garments industries are mostly women of reproductive age. The idea of getting the FP commodities available in the health centres of these workplaces was a major drive towards demand generation.

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 would use the networks and platform provided through 120 under 40 to collaborate with policymakers towards my innovative ideas and will be able to motivate the youth and adolescents. My plan is to develop a communication platform/ discussion forum where the youth can interact with the experts. This will initiate the talk on SEX. I would like to start the beads bracelet campaign, specially designed for blind women to help them track their menstruation and unsafe days of a cycle.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Presenting my study titled "Low Use of Family Planning Services Among Ethnic Groups in Bangladesh" at ICFP 2018 Facilitating session with women of different ethnic groups at Bandarban Field training of the health workers on collecting real time data on facility readiness and service delivery.

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