Fiona Kaikai

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Fiona Kaikai - 2017 Nominee
Position: Programme Specialist
Organization: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Current Location: Sierra Leone, Africa
Masters Public Health from University of Ghana
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate of Achievement - Distance Learning Programme on Population Issues - University of Costa Rica (2010)
BA Soc. Science (Demography and Economics) - University of Swaziland (2005)

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Outstanding Youth Serving Advocate for the year 2011
    Awarding Organization:
    National Youth-Led Award and National Youth Commission (NAYCOM)
    Date Awarded:
    December 27, 2011
  • Award:
    Certificate of Appreciation for contributing to response during EBOLA Outbreak in Sierra Leone
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    April 26, 2016
Fiona is an accomplished catalytic leader with a fantastic track record of delivering innovative "end-end" result-orientated ASRH programs; making then more youth focused and accessible through policy engagement and service delivery in Sierra Leone – Ufuoma Omo-Obi, Country Director at Marie Stopes International
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I work for an international organization working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone and youth serving NGOs that prioritise adolescent health in the country. I work with institutions such as Marie Stopes and Planned Parenthood to ensure young people are informed about reproductive health and have access to family planning services. Over the last 15 years, I have contributed to the strengthening of key public health policies. These include the: 2010 -2015 Adolescent Health Strategy, 2011 Reproductive Health Policy, 2012-2015 Teenage Pregnancy Reduction Strategy and the 2016-2022 Reproductive, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Policy. During university, I co-founded and managed a group of peer educators and counselors in Swaziland encouraging HIV testing among students.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up I had friends and family members- including my cousin-who became pregnant and struggled to live up to their full potential. If only they had been aware they had options to prevent/ delay pregnancy. Sierra Leone has one of the highest teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality rates in the world. I believe I can contribute to supporting young girls and women with the appropriate information to prevent unwanted, and unplanned pregnancies. I believe that family planning is key.

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

I manage a program empowering girls with key information and skills. The program links over 700 vulnerable girls in 48 communities to reproductive health services and life skills. During the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, many girls became pregnant and dropped out of school. I advocated and ensured that girls had access to education, health (incl. family planning, ante/post-natal care) and psychosocial services. As a result of these efforts, over 11,000 girls were able to return to school.

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 believe I can reach young people and help them understand the importance of making the right decisions for their lives. This platform provides links to global partners in adolescent health and good practice undertaken elsewhere. I will support activities to increase both the voice of, and access for, young people aged 10-19 years to contraceptive services with a view to identify and support champions, and further every woman's right to have children by choice, not by chance.

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