Homsuk Emmanuel Swomen

Homsuk Emmanuel Swomen - 2019 Nominee
Position: Humanitarian FP/SRH Analyst
Organization: United Nations Population Fund
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
MSc Public Health for Development from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - UK
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Improving lives of Women, Children and Adolescents. From Evidence to Practice
2. Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health FRSPH
3. Trainer/Facilitator; Minimum Initial Service Package of Reproductive Health in Humanitarian and Emergencies
4. Trainer/Facilitator; Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Programming in Humanitarian development nexus
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Chevening Awards for Global Leaders
    Awarding Organization:
    British Chevening Scholarships - Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    Date Awarded:
    September 15, 2015
  • Award:
    Wits Reproductive Health | Population Council | MRC Award
    Awarding Organization:
    HIV Research Trust
    Date Awarded:
    September 1, 2012
  • Award:
    Merit Undergraduate scholarship - MD (Medicine and Surgery MBBS)
    Awarding Organization:
    Shell Development Scholarships Awards
    Date Awarded:
    June 22, 2003
75 Public Votes Reached!
Dr. Swomen, beyond clinical guidance, serves community through implementation science in UNFPA to End Unmet need for FP. He currently provides technical leadership on FP programming in the Humanitarian States of North East Nigeria. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

At 22 years as an undergraduate medical student. I led a team of Medical Students providing Emergency Contraception and other FP methods to students using mobile youth friendly centres to prevent unintended pregnancies, clandestine abortions & HIV infections among university Students.
Now at the front lines of SRH subsector in North East Nigeria Humanitarian Crises. I feel fulfilled personally, that we have achieved for the first time in Nigeria a peer guided FP program for adolescents providing lifesaving FP services to over 6000 young people through 9 AFSRHR Centres.
I have also technically supported & incorporated Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health (MISP) as a core module to 6 schools of nurse/midwives. Building capacity of newly graduating nurse/midwives on FP.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

At the Emergency Room in 2010, a 24-year old woman with concealed pregnancy presented severely ill as stigma and discrimination of pregnancy prevented her from getting prior care. I worked with my team to save life but it was late. Earlier intervention would prevented unintended pregnancy. “What if she had received contraceptives?” “Would the outcome be different?” These thoughts flooded my mind for days, but soon the gloom would give way to a new zeal, passion & enthusiasm for Family planning.

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

I work directly as a co-lead of the SRH Sub sector leading up to 22 organisations working in the humanitarian response providing technical guidance & coordination of response activities. I have been called upon to mediate/intervene and resolve community dispute where the traditional leaders had a wrong notion of the family planning outreach by a humanitarian actor, they felt, was against social norm. Through dialogue and context adjustments, we worked as a team to resolve the dispute.

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? :

I will use this platform to increase information and awareness on the unmet need for contraception in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). A grant of 1000 USD through the Humanitarian SRH response group of North East Nigeria will be used precisely for development of context specific, culturally appropriate Information, Education and Communications (IEC) materials/advocacy tools & job aids on child/birth spacing, FP using local languages and visuals to reach out to young people

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Training of Health Workers on Adolescent FP/SRH in Humanitarian Settings Showing Donors FP Supply chain process in the deep field At the Safe Space for women and girls offering integrated FP/MH and Gender Services

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