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GAMZE AKTUNA

GAMZE AKTUNA - 2019 Nominee
Position: MD, MSc, PHD(c)
Organization: HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY
Current Location: Turkey
PHD candidate from Hacettepe University, Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
MEDICAL DEGREE
WOMAN and GENDER STUDIES Msc
FIELD EPIDEMIOLOGIST
NEONATAL RESUSCITATION PROGRAM PRACTITIONER
INTRAUTERIN DEVICE INSERTION/REMOVAL TRAINER OF TRAINERS
FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR TRAINER OF TRAINERS
OCCUPATIONAL PHYSICIAN
FAMILY PHYSICIAN
INTRAUTERIN DEVICE INSERTION/REMOVAL PRACTITIONER
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CONSULTING TRAINER OF TRAINERS
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CONSULTANT
TEACHING ACTIVE BIRTH
LAMAZZE CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR
SEXUAL THERAPIST TRAINING
PRENATAL YOGA ToT


Awards Received:
  • Award:
    One of the best oral presentations
    Awarding Organization:
    WATER and HEALTH CONGRESS
    Date Awarded:
    October 26, 2015
75 Public Votes Reached!
Assigned as head of the province of the maternal, child health and family planning department. Established network between all country head of provinces. Created "Family Planning Training Center" Conducted visit to the brothels Consult LGBT people – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

The best example will be the achievements when I was provincial head of family planning and mother and child health department.
In addition, periodic examinations of female sex workers in the health center, a visit to the brothels were conducted for the first time to evaluate the brothel environment as a public health intervention on sexually transmitted diseases
A system has been developed based on ID numbers in terms of individual follow-up of all intants and pregnants.
The Reproductive Health Training Center was created physically and infrastructurally and started regular training.
A formal thank you letter was obtained from the relevant department of the Ministry of Health

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was working in youth peer education programs when I was in medical school. But the most enlightening moment for me to decide working in this area is when I was assigned for sex workers doctors. Then this shaped all my ideas about how patriarchy works in his way and how he keeps woman from reaching family planning services. Because reproduction politicies always target woman. And in the years I became an activist for LGBT and vaginal birth that a woman dream about...

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

After I graduated, I was directly assigned as Provincial Head of Department. Every Theoretical Knowledge was in my brain but nothing as Practical Ones. I tried to reach other people at the same position as me. Also there was no network between us. Then I established the first mailing network of Heads of Mother, Child Health and Family Planning Department all around Turkey for the purpose of active communication and information sharing. And it still continues with new versions.

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? :

Now I am working with Syrian Refugee Population in Turkey. As you know, Turkey has the highest number of Syrian Refuges in the world. If I will be awarded with this 1000 grant, I will design a new intervention study for Syrian Refugees about their family planning needs. And with the network we can do it internationally in some way.

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