Lekan Ajijola

Lekan Ajijola - 2019 Nominee
Position: Deputy Director/Medical Doctor
Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Program
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
MPH from Texila American University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Strategic Leadership Principles & Tools for FP & RH - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2018)
Master TOT on AYSRH - Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (2018)
Master TOT on TCI University - Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (2017)
Management Essentials Program - Family Health International, FHI360 (2016)
Leadership & Management in Health (2015), Fundamentals of Implementation Science (2016) and Clinical Management of HIV (2013) - University of Washington
Electronic Short Course on Antiretroviral Therapy (eSCART) - Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp Belgium (2014)
Research Methods in Sexual & Reproductive Health, Gender & HIV - University of Witwatersrand, South Africa (2014)
Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects, Crown Agents, UK (2012)
Fundamentals of Epidemiology - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK (2011)
US Abortion and FP Requirements, Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, HIV/AIDS Legal & Policy Requirements, HIV/AIDS Surveillance, Data Quality - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2009-2019)
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) - University of Ibadan, Nigeria (2006)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    TCI Most Valuable Player Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
    Date Awarded:
    May 18, 2018
  • Award:
    Team Spirit Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Government of Rivers State & Network of People living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria
    Date Awarded:
    December 1, 2017
  • Award:
    Noticing Outstanding Work (NOW) Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Family Health International, FHI360
    Date Awarded:
    September 29, 2015
75 Public Votes Reached!
Lekan uses his position as a Dep. Director of a RH project to advocate for increased FP investment during interactions with government and private entities in Nigeria. He is a Master FP Coach and has coached several FP technocrats and policy makers. – Margaret Bolaji, Youth program advisor at Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have integrated FP into health programs at the PHC level in Nigeria in the last 10 years through direct implementation as well as via TA support to states. I have supported review of FP policies at federal and state levels including task-shifting policy, service protocols, CIPs and AOPs. I currently provide TA to 10 states to increase domestic funding for FP which has led to increased FP allocation by an average of 60% from previous years with release of funds in varying rates for implementation. As a Master FP Coach, I have in the last 18 months, coached over 500 FP stakeholders and implementers on leadership and mindset change including SBC, service delivery and data use for decision making. This has contributed to the overall improvement in the management of FP programs in Nigeria.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for improving lives of women at the grassroots level for them to achieve their highest potential was sparked by FP when I understood its direct contribution to helping women and girls and their families live a healthy life. My FP passion grew stronger seeing that it causes a positive shift across all spheres of life thus, contributing to the SDGs. This really sparked my passion to transition to core FP programs. Its effect on reducing maternal and child mortality and SGBV is pleasing.

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

I consistently mentor my team and government stakeholders to acquire and develop right skills needed to implement effective FP programs, thereby increasing the pool of FP experts. My commitment to improving lives have aided me to inspire people around me and instil in them, positive attitude to cause desired change. I am poised to ensuring that women and girls have the right to make a choice including FP choice and are empowered to participate in planning and implementing policies and programs.

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 use the platform to share experience and showcase proven FP programs. I will use the grant to empower women and girls with rights-based FP information to enable them make informed decisions on their health, education and life as a whole. I will use the results of the 2018 NDHS to identify communities with high MMR and unmet FP need where mobilized women and girls will be coached to become FP champions. The funds will cater for mobilization and transport for participants and facilitators.

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