Ivy Asantewa Sarpong

Ivy Asantewa Sarpong - 2017 Nominee
Position: Nurse Midwife
Organization: Reproductive Health Centre -Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
Current Location: Ghana, Africa
Master of Public Health degree-specialisation in Population, Family and Reproductive Health from University of Ghana School of Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
BSc (Hons) Nursing from University of Ghana
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Women Deliver Over 30 Scholar
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    May 17, 2016
Ivy is a very Pleasant,innovative,knowledgeable and intelligent FP service provider. To her, FP is a way of life. She always has ways of getting information across to her clients in a cordial manner while ensuring clients satisfaction. She's a gem! – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have delivered quality service to thousands of women in Ghana. I aim at not just providing an F/P method but ensuring that my clients continue on their chosen methods till their reproductive goals are met.In doing this, I employ good counselling skills, professionalism, interpersonal relationship and a smile. Over the past few years,one of my passionate strategies employed in reaching my clients and the general public is using outreaches and the mass media such as radio and television to advocate for F/P use and education as well as addressing myths and misconceptions. This has significantly increased the uptake of F/P methods as well as continuity on their chosen methods.
In all of the above, my aim, my achievement is a satisfied client and I have over 500 of them.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

During my first week as a student nurse on the labour ward, I witnessed 5 maternal mortalities which I thought could have been avoided if these women had known about and used some form of F/P method. This is because 4 out of the 5 women had their last child less than 18months old with 2 having a history of PPH.These seemingly unnecessary deaths made me want to tell everyone I meet about F/P because I believe that if women survive, communities thrive and prevention is much much better than cure.

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

As a trainer for Willows International Ghana, an NGO which is currently implementing the Behaviour Change Model in Reproductive Health in deprived areas in Accra, together with other trainers, we train Field Educators (FEs) and supervisors on F/P counselling. I also provide follow up services and continuous support in the work of these FEs with regards to managing minor discomforts and dispelling myths and misconceptions of F/P.
I also precept various categories of health trainees in F/P.

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? :

If I am named a winner of 120 under 40,I would use this platform to intensify my radio and television education program with the aim of increasing public knowledge and acceptance of F/P.I would,with the aid of stakeholders, also use the $1000 grant to organise the first ever national F/P conference for service providers in Ghana.This would aim at updating and standardising care provision in F/P as well as build a formidable network for all service providers nationwide thus increasing F/P uptake.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
On a radio show (with a colleague ) discussing F/P, Hands-on service delivery at an outreach program, On a health program discussing F/P ( on television)

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