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Megan Martin

Megan Martin - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor
Organization: South African Sexual Health Association
Current Location: South Africa, Africa
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of Pretoria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Contraceptive Counselling - The Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Family Planning 101 - Global Health eLearning Center by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and USAID

Post-Abortion Care (PAC) - Global Health eLearning Center by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and USAID

Postpartum Family Planning - Global Health eLearning Center by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and USAID

Promising Programmatic Approaches for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) - Global Health eLearning Center by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and USAID

Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance and Statutory Abortion Restrictions - Global Health eLearning Center by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and USAID

US Abortion and Family Planning Requirements (2019) - Global Health eLearning Center by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and USAID

Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health - Global Health eLearning Center by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and USAID

Intimacy Coaching by Avri Spilka and Anne-Marie Clulow (MDB015/MPDP/055/32.4)

Personality Disorder's Effect on Intimacy by Dr Eugene Viljoen (MDB015/MPDP/055/32.2)

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
75 Public Votes Reached!
"Educating patients is empowering patients", this is Megan Martin's mantra. A medical doctor providing digestible & accessible snippets of health info to the public, into the palm of their hands by actively educating on severl social media platforms. – Elna McIntosh, Prof at DISA Health Care
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I gave a CME lecture to all of the primary care doctors in the rural Sedibeng district. The presentation focused on educating doctors on how to best provide contraceptive care to the more complex patient with multiple comorbidities.

I worked in a local HIV clinic where I handled complex cases of HIV. I made it my personal mission to talk to each patient about safer sex and their contraceptive options. I took the time to talk to the women, teaching them how to use the internal condom and how to advocate for themselves and their health within their relationships.

I created a website where I write about women’s sexual health in a way that is inclusive and easy to understand.

I was consulted as the medical expert for the book "A Celebration of Vulva Diversity" by Hilde Atalanta.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I believe that every person should be empowered to make decisions about their own bodies. Women’s sexual health is still a topic with so much stigma, and it leads women to feel shame about their own bodies. This shame can extend so far that women will not access healthcare services even when something goes wrong, which can lead to severe consequences. Family planning allows women to take control of their lives, their bodies and their future. It is integral to healthcare AND economic empowerment.

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

I created a website focused on patient education, which extends into a social media presence. Social media is an untapped resource for the health sector. I bring relevant, inclusive health information straight to the user at the click of a button. By doing it this way, I have the opportunity to talk to these users directly and really get an idea of what types of questions they have and where their concerns lie regarding their sexual health. I believe educating patients is empowering patients.

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? :

It will allow me to grow an online educational platform where I can extend the reach of accurate health information with more accessible formats, like audio and video. The money will be used to buy relevant software and equipment to make this possible, such as a video camera, microphone and video-editing software. I want to promote free conversation about sexual health and create a safe space to do that. Health education technology can provide digitally powered solutions to gender inequality.

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