Julia Mayersohn

Julia Mayersohn - 2016 Nominee
Position: Director of Programme Operations
Organization: Marie Stopes Kenya
Julia provides supportive direction to service providers and clinical programmers so that vulnerable women and young people can access high-quality, affordable contraceptive care from urban East Africa to remote Papua New Guinea. – Morgan Garcia, Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health Manager at CARE International
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have worked for Marie Stopes International for my entire career.

I began in the London office, before moving to Uganda to lead a number of key advocacy activities, including task sharing of permanent methods to clinical officers and output based financing of maternal health services.

I then moved to Papua New Guinea, where I lead a doubling of the program's size and supported innovation in our health marketing and development of our systems.

In 2015, I I moved to Kenya to take up the role of Director of Program Operations. I lead a team of over 200 staff delivering life changing FP services, including a major program to bring services to adolescent girls.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In Uganda, I met a woman named Grace who had six children of her own, and was caring for 5 of her late brother's children. Her husband had gone and she was a subsistence farmer. She came for a tubal ligation and I asked what she would do with her life now. She looked at me like I was crazy - "What could I do?" she asked me "I just exist". I realized we had failed her by not being there sooner, not making our case to her and not serving her better. She inspires me to deliver excellence every day.

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