Janey Okaro

Janey Okaro - 2019 Nominee
Position: Nurse/Midwife/Family planning advocate & service provider/Program officer/Youth friendly initiative leader.
Organization: Women's Health And Action Research Center ( WHARC)
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
BSc,MSc in view from University of Benin / Bachelor of Nursing Sciences
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Basic life support 2015.
Basic course on Fetal Medicine and Ultrasonography / June 2017
Master course on Transvaginal Scan,Fetal Medicine and Ultrasonography / June 2017
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Students Outreach advocate of the year 2017.
    Awarding Organization:
    Test House Tutorials
    Date Awarded:
    March 24, 2017
  • Award:
    Best Young advocate for women's health
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    April 9, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Janey is a strong advocate of women's health in both rural & urban centers.Her zest for the female health challenge & abuses led to her joining WHARC in 2017.Currently,she is an online & verbal outdoor campaigner of FP & proper use of contraceptives. – Andrew Evbuomwan, Medical Doctor at HMB
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I had a client who had 7 girls and was due for the eight child(male child expectancy),as a result of complications(postpartum hemorrhage),she was fighting to live & the only solution was "hysterectomy"but the family kicked against it. I was privileged to discuss the implications to the family as a FP advocate & this led to the family's consent which in turn saved her life.
In one of my fieldworks,I came across a girl who was abused by her uncle @age 9 & this exposed her to regular intercourse that later climaxed when her own father abused her on his birthday on account that he was drunk.Because of this,she was at the verge of addiction to sex,alcohol & drugs but by virtue of meeting her & involving Ministry of Women Affairs,she is over 70% rehabilitated.
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What sparked your passion for family planning?

Living in a third world country as Nigeria has exposed me to seeing the implications of improper FP. Children roam the streets homeless,teenage pregnancies & maternal/neonatal mortality are on the increase because of ignorance of FP, wrong use of contraceptives. So by virtue of being a nurse/midwife, I had the opportunity to change the narrative & that i have been doing & intend to continue until these challenges in my immediate society & the world at large are reduced to the nearest minimum.

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

I believe in team work & over time in the course of my job,I've had reasons to work alone but no great leader is without mentorship. Our job is a service to humanity to make the world a better place & as such,raising more people by me getting them involved in key roles has led to more success. And also,I wrote to Ministry of Health for a collaboration which was approved to get more family planning projects established in rural & urban centers across my immediate jurisdiction.

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? :

Nothing will give me more joy than a bigger platform to expand my passion for adequate FP. I will use the platform to establish a team across the country for grassroots campaign on educating the people on mother/child mortality,prevention of teenage unwanted pregnancies,unsafe abortions &proper use of contraceptive methods with my focus on rural areas that are the major victims.Specifically,the grant would be judiciously used to establish 2 standing consultation centers for FP in rural areas

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