Isaac Olufadewa

Isaac Olufadewa - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor / Advocacy Associate / Executive Director / Postgraduate Student
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning / Slum and Rural Health Initiative / Pan African University
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB;BS) from University of Ibadan
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
- Policy Communication Workshop: Empowering Evidence-driven Advocacy (EEDA) by Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) 2019

- Data Collection Workshop: Empowering Evidence-driven Advocacy (EEDA) by Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) 2018

- Master's Degree, Reproductive health Sciences - Pan African University of Life and Earth Sciences Institute, PAULESI, ( MHS in View, 2019)

- Certificate of Appointment, ONE Champion Programme by The ONE Campaign, (An Advocacy group Headquatered in USA) 2019
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Pan African University Scholarship 2017 (Reproductive Health)
    Awarding Organization:
    African Union
    Date Awarded:
    August 31, 2017
  • Award:
    Gilead Sciences Organization Scholarship
    Awarding Organization:
    One Young World
    Date Awarded:
    September 4, 2018
  • Award:
    Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Tony Elumelu Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    March 22, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
With 10 years of experience as an advocate of family planning, Dr. Isaac has championed FP initiatives in military barracks, slums and rural areas. He won African Union's PAU scholarship award & he is currently an Advocacy Associate with IYAFP & PRB. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Prior to winning the African Union Commission's Pan African University Scholarship Award in 2017 for my SRHR Advocacy works and leadership excellence, I have focused my FP advocacy on reaching stakeholders in slums, rural and other underserved communities within Nigeria, thereby increasing access to FP to thousands of young people. After then, I advocated for SRHR rights in the Netherlands as part of the team of young leaders from over 20 countries that drafted the One Young World's 'The Hague Legacy Initiative.' As an Advocacy Associate with IYAFP, I am working with SRHR groups/stakeholders in Cross Rivers State, Nigeria to advocate for a State-approved monthly SRHR Day in all public hospitals/primary healthcare centers that will significantly increase access to FP information & services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I vividly remember how shocked I was when I heard that my young teenage cousin was pregnant while she was still in secondary school. She dropped out of school losing not only her education but also future economic opportunities. My passion for family planning was sparked by this painful situation. On gaining admission into Nigeria's premier medical school, I began to develop my knowledge and competencies in FP Advocacy so that no girl would have to leave school due to an unwanted pregnancy.

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

As the Admin. Officer of Reproductive Health CDS Grp in 2017, I was involved in capacity building programs for SRHR volunteers who reached thousands of young people in Ogun State. I also initiated advocacy visits to religious and community leaders influencing them to give us access to engage young people and women in SRHR seminars. As the ED of SRHIN, I am involved in mentoring & training of volunteers, this grew the nonprofit from 42 to 221 people from 8 African countries within 2 years.

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? :

As the Founder/ED, Slum & Rural Health Initiative, I lead the SIMBIHealth Project that will reach 20,000 teenagers in 10 cities with comprehensive sexuality education in Nigerian secondary schools within 2 yrs. I am piloting a mobile Application to scale the physical outreach project after winning a grant from the Tony Elumelu Foundation in 2019. Winning the 120under40 will advance my work &help to promote the mobile App on social media so millions of teenagers can access life-saving CSE

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