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Keturah Adams

Keturah Adams - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program director
Organization: Kabashlove Foundation
Current Location: Abuja, Nigeria
BSc from Biological Sciences
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
MSC Public Health (Online Master, In-Progress) - University of South Wales Uk
Civic Leadership - University of Delaware USA
Community Organizing - Metropolitan Group, Wilmington Delaware
Monitoring and Evaluation - African Medical Research Foundation Kenya
Understanding The Rights of Women and Girls - YALI
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Mandela Washington Fellow 2017
    Awarding Organization:
    US Department of State, IREX, US Embassy
    Date Awarded:
    August 3, 2017
  • Award:
    Award of Honor
    Awarding Organization:
    Kickof Kaduna Group
    Date Awarded:
    January 6, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Keturah is passionate about young people's access to quality healthcare.She is the author of the book "I Decide" an adolescent health guide that teaches them lifeskills & making informed decision about their life's choices &Sexual Reproductive Health – Gimbiya Akapson, Program officer at Centre for Girls' Education
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

working with rural women in the Northern part of Nigeria whose beliefs has formed part of their cultures has been a big challenge. We decided to reach them with FP message and services through the local birth attendants in their communities (TBAs). Working with TBAs has not only been an ice breaker for us but has increased demand for FP services in these communities from less than 5% to over 30%. We adopt the train the trainer model; we train TBAs who in turn educate community members and provide basic FP services under a health workers supervision.

we have reached over 5000 women/girls with FP education and have provided services for over 2000 people.
I have also authored a book titled I-Decide, a reproductive health guide for adolescents that guides them to make informed decisions.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As a child, I had a bone infection that spread and I nearly lost my arm. I had access to quality health care, and was nursed to full recovery.But as a child I noticed that not every child had the same access to basic amenities. I started the saving lives at birth project where i realized that most pregnancies were unintended and statistics say over 56% were resolved by unsafe abortion which i found prevalent among young girls.I was determined to stop the menace by ensuring every birth was wanted

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

Having realized that there were more kids in families than can be catered for & maternal mortality went on the rise due to unsafe abortions, i immediately decided we will incorporate family planning to our saving lives at birth project
We organized street FP campaigns, community education and service provision
We organized advocacy visits and focused groups discussions with community leaders, religious leaders, women and youth leaders on FP. We provide educational materials in local language

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? :

winning will accord me the opportunity to network with great minds from various parts of the world. This will provide an opportunity for a peer review, learn new/best practices and build synergy with other Family Planning champions.

I would partner with a rural community to setup a safe space for young people with the $1000 price money where adolescents and young people can access FP education and services without the fear of being stigmatized or judged as it were at general service centers

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
speaking to community women on the various kinds of contraceptives and their importance. Image showing me teaching rural women about their bodies and the role contraceptive play. Image showing me teaching community women about IUD, and how it works.

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