Israel Oluwaseyidayo IDRIS

Israel Oluwaseyidayo IDRIS - 2016 Nominee
Position: M.D APGD A.B MPA&PhD candidate, Co-Director of Research and Development
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
Idris has played a key role in the development and structuring of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning. As a young medical doctor, he is a thinker, designer and changer maker in family planning. He brings a strategic thinking for FP. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My contributions to family planning cut across both research and advocacy. My research in family planning started since 2012 then working on models to root out the unknown barriers to family planning access (by youth) and also the clinical side effect(s) of combined oral contraceptive pills. However, i have been able to broaden my research in family planning to TRANS-DISCIPLINARY FAMILY PLANNING research from policy; research translation; family planning service delivery and management to molecular development of family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning sparked from my undergraduate days as the acting IFMSA standing committee on reproductive health director (Ukraine) and my obstetrics classes (med school) but fully gave impulse immediately after my onsite study (GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGES) at Copenhagen School of Global Health. Where i clearly understood the need for family planning and the role of medical students, young medical doctors and youth in family planning.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

In most developing countries my biggest challenge faced is lack of political will; cultural differences and language barrier. Again in these developing countries, researchers frequently experience poor research translation (to policy makers,etc).
Hence, family planning society need experienced team of trans-disciplinary family planning researchers. I work as both an advocate and trans-disciplinary family planning researcher in over-coming these challenges.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Family Planning in Ukraine is in its crawling stage. Ukraine lack and need SRHR data (especially for youths and adolescent); "political will" and family planning communication (among the lower social class persons). First, we need to strengthen family planning advocacy and also build a worthwhile system for a quality family planning program and also a full access to valuable quality information through clinical counselling, peer education, texts, webs sites, social media or apps in Ukraine.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

In five years, my work(s) will resolve problem(s) in Family Planning by bringing forth research model(s) in family planning; innovate and implement novel access to family planning by youths; strengthen IYAFP partnership with family planning research institutions and also update my knowledge and education status.

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