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Ibrahim Banaru Abubakar

Ibrahim Banaru Abubakar - 2019 Nominee
Position: Resident Family Physician / SRHR Researcher
Organization: Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria
Current Location: Zaria, Nigeria
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. UP scholar, MPhil Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa, University of Pretoria (in view).
2. Master’s in Health Economics, Bayero University Kano.
3. African Union Scholar, Masters of Health Science in Reproductive Health, Pan African University’s Life and Earth Sciences Institute, University Of Ibadan, Nigeria.
4. Beaulieu Medical Cooperative Scholar, Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research GFMER and WHO.
5. Certificate in Leadership and Management in Health, University of Washington.
6. Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation of Reproductive Health Programs.
7. Certificate in Family Planning Services and Research for Clinicians by the Fertility Research Institute.
8. Basic Pharmaco-Vigilance by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
9. Science of High Reliability in Healthcare.
10. Leadership course, Alumnus Young Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa.
11. Associate Fellowship West African College of Physicians Faculty of Family Medicine.
12. Associate Fellowship Nigeria Leadership Initiative.
13. Self-Care Interventions for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights by WHO.
14. Population Health and Environment, Family Planning High Impact Practices by WHO.
15. The Global Health Network (Enabling Research by Sharing Knowledge) Membership.
16. Fellowship Human Capital Research Development in Nigeria.
17. Youth Reproductive Health Advocacy by IPAS.
18. Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy by UNFPA.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    3rd Place Winner Nigeria Human Capital Development Research On ‘Effect of Performance Based Financing on Family Planning Uptake’
    Awarding Organization:
    Development Research and Projects Centre Nigeria.
    Date Awarded:
    April 13, 2019
  • Award:
    Distinguish Service Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Nigerian Medical Association
    Date Awarded:
    June 1, 2018
  • Award:
    African Union Commission Research Scholarship
    Awarding Organization:
    African Union
    Date Awarded:
    November 21, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
He emerges from a well versed background in innovative research and policy development related to FP. He offers a unique leadership tripod, leading research that influence policy, evidence-based high level advocacy and client-centered service deliver – Abdulkadir Abdulkadir Sule, Program officer, Donor Partners and Research at Department of Planning, Research and Statistics Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency BASHCMA
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My FP journey dates back to high-school 15 years ago when I served on the executive board of adolescent health and information project where I learnt to lead peer education on reproductive health in northern Nigeria.
In my current role as a trainee family physician, I work in a team providing the continuum of reproductive health services including FP with a client monthly load of over 400. We utilize the client population in leading practice improvement evidence based research.
Prior to that I was the sole clinician of a community health center where I provided clinical services including FP covering a large rural population of over 5000. I ran periodic community leaders engagement on primary healthcare promotion including FP services. I lead a triangle of research, service and advocacy

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As a physician practicing in northern Nigeria with one of the highest global burden of maternal deaths, low contraceptive prevalence and high unmet need for FP, I feel it is duty bound to promote FP, hence my ‘FP success triangle’. Knowing that FP can greatly reduce maternal mortality by preventing closely spaced and unwanted pregnancies further improving child health, I see family planning as a panacea for our poor maternal and child health indices and sure bet for development

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

Through clinical meetings and professional engagements with colleagues, I seek to promote client-centered sexual and reproductive health services to reduce provider bias in access to FP and eliminate paternalistic care. I hope to see the medical profession becoming more responsive to human rights.
On the voluntary youth advisory board of the UNFPA, I work with a team advocating to ensure the realization of the mandate of the UNFPA in meeting sexual and reproductive rights of youths in Nigeria

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 hope to engage and submit to participatory and collaborative processes for generating cutting-edge cross-regional FP access. Promote human rights approach.
Of the grant, I shall rationalize, to complete a study that seeks to provide evidence whether or not performance based financing improves the quality of FP services. Secondly a proposed pilot study on FP high impact practices through population health and environment project empowering 10 agrarian women in northeast Nigeria with seed fund

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