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Kumar Manish

Kumar Manish - 2019 Nominee
Position: State Programme Officer
Organization: United Nations Population Fund
Current Location: India, Asia
Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Hospital Management from Bachelor of Science
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. RTI/STI Control and Prevention Services under NACO-NRHM
2. Capacity Building of Health Professional in Health Promotion in collaboration with World Health Organization
75 Public Votes Reached!
Kumar is an ardent advocate for advancing SRHR for young people. By designing & implementing innovative programs such as Young Couple Meet, Uday; he empowered thousands of young people of Odisha’s tribal district & promoted rights based SRH services. – Anurag Prabhakar, Businessman at M/s. Nidhi Enterproses
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

1. Odisha’s TFR of 2.1 masked contraceptive’s need among different age group, especially 15-24 years. Micro data analysis showed unmet need for spacing among 15-24 years (17%) is four times higher than that of 15-49 year age group (4.7%). Evidence based analysis brought the attention of government health officials on contraceptive needs of young people.
2. Designed & implemented innovative programs such as Young Couple Meet for reaching out to young people with RH info & services. Demand side intervention lead to increase in acceptance of injectable contraceptive by three times in span of 6 months.
3. Persistent advocacy with the government lead to introduction of comprehensive sexuality education in tribal residential schools covering 1.2 million students from marginalised communities.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Too early, too frequent & multiple pregnancies are some of the main reasons of maternal & infant deaths. Lack of SRH information and services lead to early pregnancy, unsafe abortion & inadequate spacing. Indirectly, it also contributes to one-third maternal and infant deaths in India.
Youth (15-29) constitutes one-fifth (19%) of India’s population. I firmly believe that if India has to achieve the SDGs, young people has to be reached with sexual reproductive health information and services.

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

With the introduction of newer contraceptives (Injectables & centrochomen) government started to push its rollout. In line with ICPD principles, I advocated with government for promoting basket of choices and informed decision-making. Taking the lead, my team developed a training kit for frontline workers on “Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights with focus on Newer Contraceptives”. Government adopted it for capacity building of frontline workers that resulted in promoting ICPD’s mandate.

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? :

I will design "Youth Connect Programme" to engage youth on SRHR issues. I will start in my college where young graduates come from post graduation in Public Health. It will have 3 stages. First, youth will be oriented on SRHR that will be followed by Social Action Project by them. Likes on Social media platform will be one of the criteria and finally a jury constituted by faculties/alumni of college will judge it. This will help in generating awareness & engaging young people on SRHR issues.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Interaction with adolescents on adolescent reproductive health issues Orienting of youth on reproductive health and rights Capacity building of teachers on comprehensive sexuality education

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