Linda Keku

Linda Keku - 2019 Nominee
Position: Marketing & Brand Manager for FP Clinical Product
Organization: DKT International Nigeria
Current Location: Lagos, Lagos/Nigeria
Registered Nursing from Lagos State School of Nursing
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certification in Infectious disease management by YALE university 2015
Certificate in Sexual and reproductive health AND Family planning 2016
Certificate in HIV/AIDS management and policy 2019
Certificate in Basic Life support 2009
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Clinical staff of the year
    Awarding Organization:
    Health maintenance organisation
    Date Awarded:
    January 18, 2013
  • Award:
    Best Family planning Support Personnel
    Awarding Organization:
    Federal Medical Center, Ebute Metta
    Date Awarded:
    August 21, 2015
75 Public Votes Reached!
Linda nicknamed 'Mama LARC' is a clinical champion in preventing maternal mortality through the introduction of LARC to most private hospitals and training of numerous healthcare providers on counselling, insertions and removal of IUD and Implants. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

• Volunteer anchor for FP program every alternate Saturday, on the only Nigeria's 1st radio station dedicated to women.
• Frequent volunteer speaker on FP at several seminars, church groups and nurses’ forum.
• Successfully introduced the use of LARC to over 3000 private facilities in Nigeria within 4years, trained 8500 service providers on correcting providers’ biases towards FP and rendering services to youth and teenagers.
• FP blogger, Content writer and Editor for LARC on social media
• Founder of Contraceptive Hub, a mobile online FP clinic that provides information, counseling and door to door FP services.
• Pioneered the uptake of IUD through social media Nigeria’s 1st online campaign for LARC where I referred over 15000 women to the clinic within 12 months

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Losing a close friend at age 16 in school who died from complication following an unsafe abortion changed my life and sparked my passion for family planning.Teenage girls and young adults are constantly faced with stigma when they visit clinics for family planning,which was the case with my late friend. This event and similar ones made me choose a career in becoming a reproductive health Nurse to enable me correct the biases and misconceptions existing among service providers of family planning.

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

Through training & education, I influenced behavioral change in FP practices among service providers towards providing FP counseling&services to youth.
Pioneering FP Outreach project on LARC in 2015 in DKT Nigeria. Today the project has recruited more youth friendly partner clinics making FP services more accessible with high privacy&confidentiality.
Creation of a blog & online mobile clinic(Contraceptive hub)as sources of information to deepen awareness on FP benefits&myths

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? :

• The creation of an interactive website that will be integrated with all my existing social accounts. The website will provide information for Service Providers on modern methods of FP and address social issues concerning FP.
• The website will advise visitors on the most appropriate FP method given their history and condition. It will host a list of facilities where these various FP services can be accessed pan Nigeria.
• Improve visibility and integration of all my FP activities online.

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