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Masum Jaki

Masum Jaki - 2019 Nominee
Position: Service
Organization: Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation(PKSF)
Current Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Bachelor in Mass Communication and Journalism
75 Public Votes Reached!
Mr. Jaki has been working with Rohingya refugees, sheltered at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh and able to create the demand for contraceptives among the conservative Rohingya young couple because family planning was completely a new issue to them. – Odity Daisy , Programme Coordinator ( Gender, Justice and Diversity) at BRAC
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have started my career in Media. Later I start working in health and family planning. I want to merge these to disciplines (communication and public health) as issues of family planing will not be effective without media. I provides sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to the flood affected people to north part of Bangladesh . The interventions included provision of family planning services including pills and condoms, counseling services on how to get follow up of the methods through service providers, formation of community awareness group and volunteer to prevent gender based violence and clinical care of rape survivors.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Family planning not a priority to the common people in Bangladesh. And being the second largest Muslim country in the world Bangladeshi people are very religious and still many of them believe that family planning method goes against God’s will. People do not feel comfortable to talk on their sexual health; adolescent girls try to hide their first menstruation, and teachers do not discuss the sexual health chapter in classrooms.

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

Though the family planning and sexual health related discussion is not commonly practice but sexual activities before marriage is increasing rapidly in Bangladesh. Therefore, rate of abortion and unsafe abortion is also getting high. But stigma associated with abortion and crisis of service providers is a big issue. So there is a huge scope of family planning and sexual and reproductive health related works in the country. I am advocating with government and other stakeholder to address it.

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? :

More than 40,000 Rohingya babies were born in refugee camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in 2018. If this bay bomb will continue the situation will be worse because all Rohingys live on relief. It's happen because Rohinya people are not families with family planing and contemplatives. I will take the opportunity to introduce family planning among Rohingys refugees, providing them free condoms and oral pills and take session for men and women to make them aware about FP.

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