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Mahlet Alemayehu Siraga

Mahlet Alemayehu Siraga - 2019 Nominee
Position: Dr. / Medical doctor
Organization: Amref youth Advisory parliament , Amref health Africa in Ethiopia
Current Location: Ethiopia, Africa
Doctor of Medicine from Hayat Medical College
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
International women's health and women's rights, Stanford online through coursera
- Women's health and women's rights including SRHR, poverty and women's health,...
Civic leadership, University of Nebraska lincoln
- Mandela Washington fellowship, Civic leadership
Google design sprint, Google
- Design sprint training on Gender based violence
Youth Champions initiative
- I was selected as a youth champion for Rise Up's Youth Champions initiative and will join an incubator workshop in SF, California on SRHRJ, innovation and leadership in July,2019.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Valedictorian/ Best medical student from Hayat Medical College
    Awarding Organization:
    Ethiopian Medical Association
    Date Awarded:
    February 28, 2014
  • Award:
    Youth for UHC design challenge/Hackathon, Second place winner team
    Awarding Organization:
    Planned Parenthood Global and its partner RAHU, Uganda in partnership with Amref Health Africa and the Ministry of Health Rwanda
    Date Awarded:
    March 4, 2019
  • Award:
    Collaboration fund grant
    Awarding Organization:
    USAID/ IREX
    Date Awarded:
    January 4, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Led the 1st movement against GBV in HC with her team, gave free Healthcare to more than 500 women & is an advisor in designing Enat app for FP and pregnancy. She was a 2018 Mandela Washington fellow & selected as a youth champion for SRHR by YCI. – Hiwot Amare Getaneh, Co-founder and executive director at Nutrition 4 Education & Development
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a frontline physician, I’ve seen the grave consequences of lack of access to FP information and services. I have met women with complications of unwanted pregnancies and heard their stories. I provided FP service for the first time during internship year( Medical school final year) and have been involved in FP ever since. I and my team developed Enat, a mobile application for FP, pregnancy and post partum care. As a youth advisor to Amref health Africa in Ethiopia and the secretary of the youth advisory parliament, I have engaged in ASURE ( Access , service and utilization of reproductive health) project implemented in 15 woredas (Districts) to increase access to comprehensive SRH services and information. Target groups are women of reproductive age, adolescents and youth.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Three women, three preventable deaths. I have seen the face of lack of access to FP . One of the women was a patient my age, wearing a dress with flowers who presented in coma. This was her ninth pregnancy. She was struggling to breath and her younger sister was begging me to save her while her husband was telling me as the fetus has died she was of no use. Sadly, we couldn’t save her. It was too late. But I promised to be her voice. Family planning is a matter of life and death.

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

I am the advising medical doctor in designing a mobile application for FP and pregnancy. I am also the secretary of Amref YAP. More than the titles, I motivate decision makers and display leadership on daily interactions . I wrote a poem for the patient we lost and through storytelling, I was able to reach a wide audience. I told her story at the Hackathon competition in Kigali to an audience of decision makers from all over the world. For me leadership is about being a voice at every platform.

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? :

In the world I would like to see, youth with visual impairments will have accessible youth friendly service centers . This might be an everyday event in the developed nations but in a country like mine it is still a dream I hope to see come true. I would use the platform to advocate for disability inclusive SRH services through storytelling , to give training on disability inclusive FP service , to design innovative approaches and to make my current work on FP more inclusive .

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