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Mekdes Daba Feyssa

Mekdes Daba Feyssa - 2019 Nominee
Position: Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Organization: Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Current Location: Ethiopia, Africa
Speciality certificate in obstetrics and gynecology from School of medicine
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Masters in public health (MPH)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    recognition of coordination
    Awarding Organization:
    African federation of obstetrician and gynecologists/AFOG/
    Date Awarded:
    October 17, 2013
  • Award:
    recognition for hosting and coordination
    Awarding Organization:
    Ethiopian society of obstetrician and Gynecologists
    Date Awarded:
    February 26, 2010
75 Public Votes Reached!
She has been engaged in permanent and long acting family planning methods service provision. She works in campaigns on voluntary surgical contraception. She advocates and provides training and she works in all family planning interventions. – Selamawit Kifle Ayele, General Manager at Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Worked on different campaigns, as a voluntary surgical contraceptive provider since 2011 with engender Health, Ethiopia in the southern region of Ethiopia. Provided different trainings on family planning as a TOT trainer in the field and trained more than 50 trainers in comprehensive family planning method. Is an advocate for family planning in Ethiopia and took part in different stages including the media to talk about family planning, the rights of women, choice and gender equality. Will be a family planning fellow at St Paul’s hospital Millennium medical college for the year 2020. I provide and teach residents, interns and medical students about family planning.
Is a team leader and founder of leadership and advocacy team of Ethiopian society of obstetrician and gynecologists.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

seeing rural area women in Ethiopia, and the gender in equality that exists even when deciding for the number and spacing of children a women want, and the fact that it gives women a chance to exercise their reproductive right. My research on unmet need for family planing method among HIV patients in the southern part of Ethiopia sparked my passion and the number of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions i saw that took the life of young women made me decide to contribute my share.

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

I believe in "walk the talk" i my self am a family planing user i am a mother of two kids and tell my clients that deciding for family planing method might not be as easy as it is talked but the most safe procedure some one can go through and give my experience as needed. i do my job with compassion and competence. I take every stage that needs my presence to talk about family planing, including a learning circle on family planing in Ethiopia and training nurses, midwives, residents and students

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? :

work with other passionate family planing providers and advocates to strengthen family planing use, specially LARC and permanent method, in Ethiopia and other part of Africa and beyond.
use the stage i will get to advocate for gender equality and the role of family planing in different social media networks
will create a platform to strengthen male involvement in family planing
use professional societies as a change agent to reach into the stigmas and misconceptions about family planing

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