Muktar Gadanya

75 Public Votes Reached!
Muktar Gadanya - 2017 Nominee
Position: Consultant Public Health Physician (Reproductive Health)/Senior Lecturer
Organization: Bayero University/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Master of Science (MSc) degree in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/University of London, United Kingdom
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS).
2. Fellow Medical College of Public Health (FMCPH), National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.
3. Postgraduate Diploma in Reproductive and Sexual Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
4. Certificate, Intervention Mapping for HIV prevention, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Presidential National Honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)
    Awarding Organization:
    Federal Government of Nigeria
    Date Awarded:
    February 13, 2009
  • Award:
    2nd Prize, International Essay Competition 2016
    Awarding Organization:
    Carnegie Council, United State
    Date Awarded:
    March 30, 2017
  • Award:
    2nd Prize for United Kingdom Postgraduate Essay Competition on Sustainability
    Awarding Organization:
    Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom
    Date Awarded:
    March 16, 2010
Dr. Gadanya led the advocacy to Islamic religious leaders in Kano State to enroll their support for Child Birth Spacing. This has benefits to the whole Muslims in Nigeria as many of the Kano Muslim clerics have large followers across the nation. – Isa Abubakar, Professor/Public Health Physician at Bayero University/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital
In what many consider as a brave move, Muktar was the leader of the advocacy group that met with hundreds of muslim leaders in Northern Nigeria to gain their support for Child Birth Spacing. He was commended by many stakeholders for this courage. – Rayyan Garba, Public Health Physician, Maryam Abacha American University, Maradi, Niger Republic
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I coordinated the development of Costed Implementation Plan for Family Planning in Kaduna State, whose first step was advocacy to the key political leaders in the Health Sector.
I later led the an advocacy initiative with Muslim religious leaders and bodies in Kano State (which has the lowest Contraceptive Prevalence Rate in Nigeria), and which was considered innovative by stakeholders as there was no single dissent or incidence, and I was later called upon by stakeholders to document my experience for use by others in settings similar to our own. I interacted with 187 most significant religious figures in the State, and use every single encounter to design the subsequent one. In this process we generated four communiques by the Muslim religious leaders in support of child birth spacing

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My interest in family planning was sparked while under-taking an MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. We had resource persons from all over Europe, and I realised some of them dedicated all their life to improving family planning services. I talked to the most senior of them (an emeritus professor in his seventh decade), and I have never thereafter imagined a better way I can contribute to maternal & child health than through FP.

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

We started working on improving childbirth spacing/family planning acceptance in Kano State (which has the lowest level of Contraceptive Prevalence Rate in Nigeria), and we realised that majority of non-users attribute it to a mis-perception of Islam's stance on it. We needed to talk to the Muslim clerics to clarify to their followers on this, and not many were willing to be part of this work. After a series of presentations and dialogues, I was able to form a team that did the work voluntarily.

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? :

I will use the platform of 120 under 40 to hybridise ideas with others working in the advocacy field. I will use the platform to get potential and willing partners to pilot our advocacy strategy in different settings. Since the current work I am engaged in is supported by Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, I will use the $1000 grant to work on the same issue in my home town which has not yet benefited from the work because it is very rural.This will add credibility to me and my work.

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