Francesca Adeola Abiola

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Francesca Adeola Abiola - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Officer
Organization: Action Health Incorporated (AHI)
Current Location: Lagos/Nigeria
Master of Science from University of Lagos
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Arts
Chattered Diploma in Public Relations: Nigerian Institute of Public Relations
Diploma in Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Leadership and Advocacy,
Francesca is an advocate for sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria. She oversees AHI's social media platforms, provides technical assistance to AHI project partners and organizes trainings on comprehensive sex education to adolescents. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My contributions to family planning are in the area of capacity building for health workers and community groups including young people, development of materials on family planning, community sensitization, demand generation activities and advocacy for availability of family planning commodities. Specifically, I have conducted at least 5 trainings for over 30 health workers in primary and secondary health facilities in Lagos State and over 200 young people on sexual and reproductive health and family planing. I have also conducted 2 community sensitization outreaches on family planning, reaching over 1,000 persons with FP commodities. In year 2016, I successfully advocated for the integration of youth friendly health services for young people in a Flagship PHC in one local government .

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My interest in family planning was sparked while implementing a project for out of school girls in one of the slum areas in Lagos state. I saw a lot of the girls in this area were either mothers or pregnant. This raised questions in my mind as to why they had become pregnant. Among the reasons was limited access to information about sexual and reproductive health and contraceptives. This made me commit to advocate for the provision of services to young people and sensitizing communities.

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

I led the team of programme officers during the advocacy to ensure the integration of youth friendly health services including family planning into a Flagship Primary Health Center in Lagos State. This involved meeting with government officials to present a case for youth friendly services, meetings with community leaders to create acceptance for the project, development of materials and continued follow up to ensure that the goal of the advocacy was met.

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 I am named the winner I will use this new platform to continue advocacy for access of young people to sexual and reproductive health services including family planning. I will also increase my network of other family planning advocates who share a similar vision so that I can learn from their efforts and best practices and improve on my advocacy and programming. I will use the $ 1,000 to advocate and support the integration of youth friendly services in a health care facility in Lagos State.

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