Fifi Ogbondeminu

Fifi Ogbondeminu - 2016 Nominee
Position: Service Delivery specialist/Deputy Chief of Party, Adolescents360
Organization: Society for Family Health
Under various donor funded projects she has trained over 5,000 Health Care providers of various cadre on FP products; sensitized and mobilized over 20,000 women to take up FP and ensured effective supply chain management of FP products to targets – Victoria Archibong, Senior Programme Manager at Society for Family Health
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Facilitated update trainings & capacity building activities on RH/FP Products for over 5,000 Health Care Providers of various cadre through Workshops, Seminars & Presentations
Facilitated Peer Education (PE) sessions among Women of Reproductive Age (WRA) on Family Planning
Sensitized and mobilized over 20,000 women to access FP services
Ensured effective supply chain management of FP products to targets
Promoted the Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives and Misoprostol for preventing Post-partum Haemorrhage among relevant Health providers
Currently responsible for ensuring that the right services are available for adolescents 15-19 years to meet their Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) needs using a replicable uuser centred design (UCD) as a youth engagement approach

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Joining an organisation that is FP focused & having to work with FP experts who have a drive and passion for creating awareness on the benefits of FP and counselling women & men of reproductive health on behaviour change and the joy of seeing beneficiaries come back to show gratitude and occasionally relating life experiences of how Family planning has saved their lives or improved their living conditions or even improved their relationships with their spouses thus saving their marriages.

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

In the course of my practice, the biggest challenged has been the Myths and misconceptions among providers on the provision of certain Family Planning methods such as the Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) to women of different groups such as the unmarried, obese and adolescents, however, through regular capacity building activities such as training, one on one meetings and exposure to literature on current facts on Family planning and awareness creation has been used.

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

FP in Nigeria suffers some challenges even when it has been universally recognized as one of the key pillars and most cost effective means of achieving safe motherhood, such as Poor attitude of health care providers in the provision of services especially for adolescents, religious beliefs, cultural traditions and social norms on sex and contraception, tracking of new users through informal private health outlets which can be addressed through awareness creation & capacity buiding

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

In the next 5 years, I hope to build the capacity of a selected number of Health care providers in provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health services, with focus on skills, bias/stigma towards adolescents, train Organisations on the use of the User Centred design and youth-driven process to design interventions for Adolescents, while also supporting non-traditional outlets to track and report Family Planning uptake for future programming.

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