Neelam Punjani

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Neelam Punjani - 2017 Nominee
Position: Youth Champion Initiative Fellow
Organization: Aga Khan Development Network eHealth Resource Centre
Current Location: Pakistan, South Asia
Masters of Science in Nursing from Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Karachi
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Youth Champion
    Awarding Organization:
    Asia Safe Abortion Partnership
    Date Awarded:
    September 10, 2015
  • Award:
    Youth Champion
    Awarding Organization:
    Packard Foundation and Public Health Institute
    Date Awarded:
    December 12, 2014
  • Award:
    Award for Excellence
    Awarding Organization:
    Aga Khan Youth and Sport Board for Pakistan
    Date Awarded:
    December 25, 2014
Neelam is a devoted family planning advocate & raises FP awareness through training. She developed FP algorithms, implemented at call center of renowned NGO. She is a Youth Champion of Pakistan by Packard Foundation & Asia Safe Abortion Partnership. – Dr. Zahid Ali Faheem, Chief Operating Officer - Hello My Health at Dr. Bakhsh Hospital Group, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am leading a project titled as CREATE as Co- Principal Investigator, funded by Packard Foundation. The training were conducted through a cascade approach through which 29 healthcare providers, teachers, and community workers were trained to provide sexual health education to communities. 86% of the participants replicated the training modules in different communities, 31 replications happened in just two months and more than 2000 community people were benefited by the training modules.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

When I entered into nursing profession, I realized that gender inequalities have badly affected the health of women by putting reproductive burden on them, which results in excessive and early child-bearing and led to a normal maternity being united with different health care problems. This ignited my passion for family planning and I wanted to make sure that every woman or girl is protected from the consequences of unwanted pregnancy through access to quality FP information and services.

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

As a algorithm consultant, I have successfully developed unique family planning algorithms, which were implemented at a call center of an international renowned NGO (Marie Stopes Society), working for family planning services throughout Pakistan.

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 believe that every woman, regardless of where she lives, deserves access to family planning services. If I named a winner, I will increase the awareness among young people to stand up for their right to family planning services and information using digital tools. My aim is to develop innovative approaches to continue my advocacy work in the field of family planning and youth empowerment.

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