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Fatima Abdulaziz

Fatima Abdulaziz - 2019 Nominee
Position: Researcher/Demographer
Organization: Viable Knowledge Masters
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Masters in Public Health from University of Ibadan
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
2012 Annual Summer Institute for Reproductive Health and Development at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Baltimore, Maryland USA
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    TechWomen Fellow
    Awarding Organization:
    International Institute of Education/US Department of State
    Date Awarded:
    November 1, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Fatima was the research manager on a multi-year randomized controlled trial to increase utilization of maternal health services in northern Nigeria. She implemented MAAMI, a social impact project aimed at improving maternal and infant health. – Kole Shettima, Director at MacArthur Foundation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have worked to increase use of Long-acting reversible contraceptives and promote maternal health in northern Nigeria with the Society for Family Health.

I served as research manager on a randomized controlled trial analysing community-based strategy to increase utilization of maternal health services in northern Nigeria. The project focused on innovative media interventions on family planning and danger signs in pregnancy among others in about 382 communities in northern Nigeria; implemented by PPFN and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

In one of my most recent assignments in Viable Knowledge Masters, I worked on the development of an accountability mechanism for the current Nigeria Family Planning Blueprint.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Seeing the large disparities in birth rate in my own community as compared to other communities, and also seeing the positive benefits of child spacing for mothers and infants. This led me to study demography and contribute towards research in family planning and population health.

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

I am very keen advocate for the health of women and girls. Recently, I was selected as one of 100 women from 20 countries for a fellowship which brings together emerging leaders in science, technology and math to the Silicon Valley. This was due to my work in reproductive health that utilized emerging technologies to improve maternal health.

I am also a co-founder of MAAMI http://maaminigeria.com.ng/, a social impact project aimed at improving maternal and infant health.

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 will invest in my social impact initiative called MAAMI (http://maaminigeria.com.ng/) in order to provide heath literacy to women in undeserved communities via text and audio messages. The health literacy will educate mothers and their families on ANC utilization and the importance of post-partum family planning.

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