Henri Za Lal Lian

Henri Za Lal Lian - 2017 Nominee
Position: Regional Coordinator
Organization: Marie Stopes Myanmar
Current Location: Myanmar, Southeast Asia
M.B.,B.S from University of Medicine (1) , Yangon, Myanmar
Dr. Henri, has been delivering quality Family Planning services to the women and families of the hard-to-reach, underprivileged and underdeveloped Chin State, Myanmar, proving success by coordinating stakeholders, local CSO and religious leaders. – Dr. Tin Aung, Program Manager at Marie Stopes Myanmar
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

The biggest barriers with my work are Religious and Political issues. Most believe that children are God's gift and should not be denied while others believed family planning would stop the population growth.
A year into 3MDG project, we found out this have been barring us from achieving results.
I started communicating with religious and community leaders, building up a close relationship with them while informing them of the true purposes and benefits of Access to Family Planning.
After a year of constant coordination, most started to see that Family Planning actually benefits our people.
This resulted in our ability to reach out to the Chin community, spread over a wide terrain with difficult transportation routes and terrible weather, and to offer quality family planning services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Myanmar is known as Golden Land, but my Chin State is entirely a different story. Having little to no natural resources and farming soils, we became underprivileged, forgotten and underdeveloped.
I exist because my parents thought a woman couldn't conceive by age 35. In fact, most people in Chin have been hauntingly misinformed about Reproductive Health and the importance of Family Planning.
It was long overdue for someone to start taking action and i genuinely believe this is my true calling.

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

As a field office manager of Falam, Chin State, i have led my team to international recognition via our success stories, visits by British Ambassador to the township centre and followed by media coverage by the Guardian newspaper and Frontier Myanmar magazine.
As a regional coordinator for Northern Chin State,Myanmar, I have been leading my 4 clinics and 5 mobile teams ,consisting of 46 team members, to growing successful outcomes all the while maintaining the quality of FP services we provide.

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 one of the winners, I will keep on providing quality family planning services to the Chin people.
I firmly believe in the crucial role of Health Education towards the goal of Family Planning 2020. I will use the 1000$ grant to jump start a research with quantitative and qualitative surveys on the community's perception towards "Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Access to all Family Planning methods", to help form ways to generate demands and to monitor effective CSE implementation

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