Hope Jeremiah Offor

Hope Jeremiah Offor - 2019 Nominee
Position: Biomedical Scientist/Nigeria Country Coordinator
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning. IYAFP-Nigeria
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science from University of Benin, Benin City.
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Institute of Development Studies/PASGR: certificate in Advanced Research and Survey Design Methods, Nairobi 2018.

USAID: The Demographic and Health Survey Program, Certificate in Survey Sampling 2018

University of Washington: Certificate on Leadership and Managememt in Health 2018
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Young Researcher Travel Award ICFP 2018.
    Awarding Organization:
    Bill and Melinda Gates Institute of Reproductive Health
    Date Awarded:
    July 23, 2018
  • Award:
    Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator
    Awarding Organization:
    CIVICUS/Gates Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    December 11, 2018
  • Award:
    Most Influential Graduating Student
    Awarding Organization:
    Nigeria Medical Laboratory Science Students Association
    Date Awarded:
    June 14, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Mr Offor has constantly co-led both local and international smart advocacy while engaging other young people for government to prioritize young people access to contraceptives and other youth friendly health services especially for adolescent girls. – Michael Sinclair, Professor and Program Director at Harvard University Ministerial Leadership Program
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2018 during the European Development Days at Brussels I led a series of smart advocacy ask to the European Commissioner for International Development and Cooperation (Devco) for increased budgetary allocation for EU-sponsored Family Planning Programs in African in its Multiannual budget (MFF) for 2021-2027 to stem the effect of the global gag rule after concerted lobbying DEVCO created an explicit FP budget line in the MFF budget with earmarked funding. Harvard University invited me to hold a 2 day discussions with 27 African Ministers of Health where I advocated on the return on investment of prioritizing young people access to contraceptives these advocacy efforts has made it possible for thousands of young Zambians to access Contraceptives at their Primary Health centres.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I grew up in a neighborhood where it was almost a norm for adolescents girls to get pregnant, some resorted to unsafe abortion and lost their lives while some were 'lucky' to stay alive with permanent reproductive injuries my best Friend Martha at 15 was unlucky and died while trying to procure an unsafe abortion. As a young boy this incidence left a lasting impression, getting older I learnt that if Martha had had access to youth friendly FP info services she would have been able to live.

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

As the Nigerian Country Coordinator for IYAFP, I have constantly built the capacities of young people in the alliance to engage with their local power structures in their communities and demand for their right to access AYSRH services including access to contraceptives. I have grown the alliance from 200 youth advocates in 2017 to 600 Nigerian Youth FP advocates currently who are now using Evidences and data to advance their community access to FP through advocacy even at the level of the MOH

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 new visibility and funding to advance the goals of IYAFP in Nigeria which is to equip more youth leaders at the community level with the skills and network with which they can increase their community access to youth friendly health services including Family Planning. We would continue to engage more young people to seek out youth generated data that we can use in holding government accountable in the implementation of all youth focused FP policies in Nigeria

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