Hawa Obaje

Hawa Obaje - 2019 Nominee
Position: Clinical Service and Capacity Building Executive
Organization: DKT Nigeria
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Bachelors Degree from Al-Hikmah University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
HIV/AIDs Surveillance 2017
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Youth Delegate - International Conference on Family Planning, 2018
    Awarding Organization:
    Gates Institute
    Date Awarded:
    June 20, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Hawa established Youth Reproductive Rights Association, where she provides factual information and improves awareness on family planning services. She also facilitated the training of over 400 FP providers in Northern Nigeria on all methods. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Actively working with DKT Nigeria to improve the quality of FP service delivery across clinics in Northern Nigeria, facilitated capacity building projects for over 400 Health Care Providers- to expand contraceptive method mix and improve counselling, working tireless to improve inclusion of youth friendly services in clinics and increase access to FP among youths. Deeply involved in the introduction, scale up and strategy development for DMPA-SC in Nigeria.
Under the umbrella of the association I created with other youth leaders called the Youth Reproductive Health Association, we have reached over 500 youths with correct information about their choices of contraception, benefits of preventing unplanned pregnancies and offered free services to over 300 youths in underserved communities.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The burden of the large family size I was born into sparked my passion for family planning. I forehand witness the emotional and livelihood effects of unplanned pregnancies as a result of religious and cultural barriers associated with FP. Further, Nigeria has one of the highest maternal mortality and morbidity rates and low mCPR. I strongly believe increasing mCPR between youths and adults will remarkably reduce the mortality & morbidity rates and allow women & girls reach their full potential.

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

At DKT Nigeria, I facilitate capacity building of health workers -Doctors, Nurses and CHWs- on every method of FP across Northern Nigeria, provide technical and strategic leadership for the introduction and scale up of new technologies such as DMPA-SC & LNG-IUS.
At Youth Reproductive Rights Association, as the coordinator, I lead a group of 6 passionate members and some volunteers to serve over 500 young persons with FP, STI & HIV information and services in underserved communities.

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? :

The platform of the 120under40 will provide me with opportunities to build my skills, to foster collaborations with professionals around the world and participate in change projects. The $1,000 grant will be used to start up the ‘Youth Aware Booth” project in school campuses. This would be a youth zone within campuses where students can get correct information about family planning and get active referrals to youth friendly centres.

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
after training nurses on DMPA-SC administration taking client data counseling section

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