Foyeke Oyedokun-Adebagbo

Foyeke Oyedokun-Adebagbo - 2019 Nominee
Position: Social Behaviour Change Program Manager
Organization: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nigeria
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Masters in Public Health from University of Ibadan/Health Promotion and Education
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Business School Netherlands, In View
Bachelor of Science, Physiology, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, 2005
Diploma in Social Media Marketing, Shaw Academy, Dublin, UK, January 2016
Nigerian Institute of Management chartered (NIM), Graduate Member, 2006
Certificate Course in Television Presentation, The Pencils Film & Television Institute (PEFTI), Lagos, 2008
CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, West African Bioethics Training Program (Member ID: 1557095), Investigators, Basic Course & Students, Basic Course, 2010
USAID/Global Health Learning Certificate Courses, 2009: Youth Reproductive Health | Monitoring and Evaluation | Family Planning Counselling | FP/RH for People Living with HIV/AIDS | Community Based Family Planning | Postpartum Family Planning | FP Legislative and Policy Requirements | Family Planning Programming - Elements of Success |
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Graduating Student, Physiology Department
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Ilorin, Nigeria
    Date Awarded:
    December 2, 2005
  • Award:
    Best Graduating Student of the Year, Presentation
    Awarding Organization:
    The Pencils Film & Television Institute, Lagos
    Date Awarded:
    September 12, 2008
  • Award:
    Merit Award, Recognition of Exemplary service as Vice President,
    Awarding Organization:
    Unilorin Physiology Students Association
    Date Awarded:
    October 7, 2004
75 Public Votes Reached!
At USAID/Nigeria, Foyeke leads the planning &administration of awards to increase practice of priority FP accelerator behaviours. Her technical support to Federal Ministries, for nearly a decade, has birthed critical enabling FP policies & guidelines – Omotayo Adebagbo, Banking at Polaris Bank Limited
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since joining USAID in 2016, the social behavior change (SBC) portfolio for FP has grown substantially -technically & financially. Efforts have resulted in a funding increase in program awards of over 120% & the inclusion of SBC programming in multiple agency strategic plans. I successfuly argued for funding for an adolescent-focused FP award, currently in co-creation/design. The award will address SRH/FP &development needs of over 600,000 urban poor adolescents aged 15-19 using the positive youth development approach. Prior to 2016, I led the advocacy desk of Planned Parenthood Global, contributing to the development &roll-out of a national brand &policies for integration of adolescent SRH services into PHC &the launch of a mobile-enabled website, which links hundreds of youth to clinics.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

When I lost a childhood friend, married off at 15, and who died having her third baby at 20 (whilst I was in my third year at university), I learnt first-hand what "too young, too many, too soon" meant. Growing up in northern Nigeria constantly reminds me that my friend is not alone. The lives of thousands of girls could be saved if they, desirably were not child-brides or could at least, overcome the barriers, mostly behavioral & normative, to accessing modern contraceptives for child-spacing.

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

Building on USAID's SBC investments using communication approaches, I co-championed incorporation of new design approaches - behavioral economics & human centered design, as well as renewed focus on integrated SBC &provider bias. These approaches advance the practice of SBC & increase informed demand for FP services. I avail my expertise in support of national and global strategies & to Women Friendly Initiative; a local NGO working to increase access to FP among over 1000 PLWDs.

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? :

If named a winner, I will use the platform to sustain my passionate advocacy for deployment of proven SBC interventions as well as for increased & coordinated investments - both locally (domestic resources) & globally in SBC programming & research for FP. The cash gift will be deployed in support of WFI’s FP program for youth living with disabilities in FCT. Specifically, to organize community dialogues, train new peer providers & special-school teachers.

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