Lalaina Adeline RAZAFINIRINASOA - 2017 Nominee
Position: Country Director
Organization: Marie Stopes Madagascar
Current Location: Madagascar
Master in Business Administration from Institut National des Sciences Comptables et de l’Administration des Entreprises (INSCAE) – Private University in Madagascar
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Completion of one year Leadership program in 2011 provided by Marie Sopes International
• Additional course completion of leadership program provided by Transform Management Consultancy
• Financial management - certificate of course completion delivered by mango
• E-learning - certificate of course completion delivered by Family Health International : “Ethique de la Recherche en matière de Santé »
• Advocacy - Certificate of course completion delivered by ITEM - private cabinet in Madagascar
• English Advanced Level - American Cultural Center
• Public Communication Certificate delivered by English Language Institute
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Recognition of Innovation and Prioritizing of Quality Assurance - BlueStar Madagascar
    Awarding Organization:
    John Hopkins
    Date Awarded:
    November 9, 2011
  • Award:
    Quality Improvement
    Awarding Organization:
    Marie Stopes International
    Date Awarded:
    November 9, 2011
  • Award:
    Best Monthly Manager's report
    Awarding Organization:
    Marie Stopes International
    Date Awarded:
    October 12, 2012
Lalaina believes in women and girls empowerment through the access to contraception. After years of hard work, she is currently leading our country program delivering the 38% of modern contraceptive in Madagascar to about 850,000 women and girls – FANJA JOCELYNE RAKOTOMALALA, Human Resources and Administration Director at Marie Stopes Madagascar
As an FP champion for 14yrs, Lahaina has been CD at MSM since 2014; MSM now reaches over 850k clients annually, providing 38% of the country’s modern contraception. She believes passionately in women and girls empowerment through access to contraception. – Kate Austen, Programme Advisor, USAID Programmes, Marie Stopes International
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I worked at Population Service International for seven years as a Communication Supervisor, in charge of promoting safe behavior towards the use of contraceptive method. Then I moved to Marie Stope Madagascar (MSM) since 2009. I consistently demonstrated my passion to women and girls right through innovative projects including voucher program to improve access to quality family planning for the poorest . I believe they can make the difference in developping country like Madagascar. I have been awarded four times promotion at MSM, ending up as Country Director. The program has more than doubled its reach and impact, contributing to improve the national CPR by 7%, serving 800,000 beneficiaries a year, representing the provision of 38% of modern contraceptive in the country, and 80% of LAPM.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I have been always passionated to human principles. When I was 22 years old, my dad passed away. I have not been graduated yet. It was very hard to work and study at the same time but I managed to get my diploma. I'm now a happy mother of three kids of 17, 12 and 5 years old. I had the chance to develop my career because of birth spacing. Lot of girls living in hard context in Madagascar are inspiring desperately for happy family life. I'm just eager to share the same benefits I had with FP use.

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

Malagasy population is very young: 64% less than 25 years old , with 32% of adolescent girls in Madagascar having experienced a pregnancy. Marie stopes Madagascar has been engaged actively to a technical working group advocating for new FP law permitting access to FP methods by young people without parent consent. The law has been validated by the Council of governement and is now in process to be approved at the parliementarian chamber. This will be revolutionnary for the malagasy culture.

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? :

If I am named a winner. I would invest the amount into the voucher program for youth which will be closing after the reinstallation of the Mexico City Policy in the US. Our voucher program is accessible with symbolic fee of 0,2 cents and could be redeemed at private franchisees. Then, the Young girl could request for the method of her choice for free. MSM is reimbursing the provider through mobile money. $1.000 will facilitate access of this subsidized voucher to about 350 Young girls.

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