Kolawole Oreoluwa

Kolawole Oreoluwa - 2016 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: Youth Health and Development Initiative
The nominee is using street photography exhibition to showcase impact of over population on family and the nation to create Demand Generation for community level family planning promotion activities and referrals for family planning services. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I use power of photography to document the impact of over population on family and the nation which was shown as street photography exhibition at the community level to increase demand for family planning by women and men of all ages and address strategically misconception about family planning. This has enabled me to achieve addressing myths and misconceptions/side effects of family planning; generate spousal dialogue on family planning; perceived peer family planning use and self efficacy.

This medium was also used to address the cultural and religious beliefs about family planning most especially among Muslim community.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I had first hand experience on the issue of having too much children's belief as insurance for old age that my parent had when they started developing their family. I am the first born of family of eight. The resource was so small that we waited for one and other to go to school. And after 3 children graduated, my father retired and the burden of other remaining children fell on my shoulder as first born and I have a child too. I took this up to ensure people have a sizable family they care for.

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

Male involvement is the biggest challenge I faced in my family planning efforts, some men still believed that women adopt family planning to avoid pregnancy in having extramarital affairs. I employed the use of satisfied users' husbands who usually present at the photo exhibition to clear the misconception and encourage their male peers to support family planning and encourage their wives for commodity uptake.

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

Myths and misconceptions are a major challenge in the adoption and use of family planning in Nigeria. Demand generation activities i.e. radio, television, community mobilisation, involvement of religious and traditional leaders can be adopted to address the issue.

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

I hope to increase resource mobilisation for family planning through my photography advocacy to local government authority in my State. I want the local government authority to have a monthly funds that will be given to primary health care centers where family planning services are being provided. I want to ensure there is increase in budgetary allocation for family planning from 2 million Naira to 5 million naira per year from the State government with solid budget tracking measures.

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