Olaitan Oyedun

Olaitan Oyedun - 2019 Nominee
Position: Public Health Physician
Organization: Obafemi Awolowo University teaching Hospitals' Complex
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
MBBS from University of Ilorin
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Business Administration
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Letter of Commendation for professional competence and patriotic zeal
    Awarding Organization:
    Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals' Complex
    Date Awarded:
    July 27, 2017
  • Award:
    Award of Excellence
    Awarding Organization:
    Association of Resident Doctors
    Date Awarded:
    December 17, 2016
  • Award:
    Most Resourceful Resident
    Awarding Organization:
    Department of Community Health, OAUTHC
    Date Awarded:
    December 10, 2015
75 Public Votes Reached!
As a student, Olaitan offered peer counselling and subsidized family planning products to undergraduates. Now, he hopes his work on the sexual and reproductive health of young people will help reduce their vulnerabilities – Ademola Lawal, Dr at FCDA
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

To improve family planning data management via the FP Dashboard (extracts family planning data from DHIS2), I served as the Research Consultant to the River State PHC Management Board on the “Use of Technology to Manage Health Data in Rivers State, Nigeria: A Qualitative Study on Family Planning and Routine Health Information Systems”. As State Qualitative Lead for the FCT on “An Action Research to Reduce the Vulnerability of Adolescent Girls and Young Women to HIV Infection in Selected States of Nigeria”, I promoted SRH among vulnerable young girls. I led training and field activities for a “Formative Audience Research to Inform a Radio Serial Drama for Social and Behaviour Change in Nigeria” promoting long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCS) among youths in south-west Nigeria

What sparked your passion for family planning?

No child deserves to come to this world without love but, the anger and regret that come with unplanned pregnancies often produce unloved babies. As an undergraduate, this was my motivation join the Action Group on Adolescent Health (AGAH), where I was trained as a peer counsellor, and I provided advice on contraception and highly subsidized condoms and emergency contraception for young people. 15 years later, I have a bigger stage in public health and research but desire to do more.

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

I have been involved in several, and led, research projects designed to promote sexual and reproductive health of young people, including the adoption of contraception and improve family planning data management. I also directly make impact by regularly teaching the correct and consistent use of condoms and condom negotiation skills, particularly among young people and within occupational settings.

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? :

There is a lot of work to be done in upscaling family planning uptake, particularly among young people within my environment. A lot of myths and misconceptions continue to act as barriers to adoption of modern family planning methods with risky sexual behaviours prevailing. With the network and financial leverage that I will get with this award, I hope to continue research and further advocacy into ways dispel these myths and improve uptake of family planning services

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