Olajumoke Onaolapo

Olajumoke Onaolapo - 2016 Nominee
Position: Quality Improvement System Strengthening Officer/Nursing
Organization: Association for Reproductive and Family Health/Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (ARFH-NURHI)
She is a professional with hands on experience as a family planning service provider and trainer. She provides adequate and right information on contraceptives, giving her clients and audience priority. – Adebanke Olatunji, Business at kerens' events
She has been in front campaigning for quality family planning among young couples everything she is chanced to meet any young couple. – Ajibade Adewale Mykel, CEO/Computer Analyst at mykelwale Global Concept
Olajumoke is passionate; creates awareness using different social media (Facebook, twitter and blogs @ She is a family planning trainer, advocate and service provider. – Oluwatoyosi Feyisitan, Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers
She educates me and my other friends, one on one about new and effective family planning. And she is always ready to hear from us. – Ajibade Olayemi, System Engineer/Engineer at Federal Radio Cooperation of Nigeria
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Olajumoke is reputable for dedication, team building and passion with experience in building capacity, providing and supervising for effective and qualitative SRH/family planning and youth friendly services.Incurably passionate about reaching the urban poor and young couples with top quality family planning services.Blogs to create awareness for family planning, population and development at series of competency based training for providers. Provide family planning services in worship centers and poorest communities in Lagos.Launched DKT Nigeria's outreach models and reached 2500 women with quality family planning services with over 60% new and LARC users. Presently working with ARFH-NURHI 2 to remove barriers to demand and supply of quality contraceptives

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Nigeria contributes 7% to world's poverty. One way out of the vicious cycle of poverty is limiting the size of the family and spacing births which can be achieved by making the right decisions and placing the family and generations unborn on the part of success. Adolescents and young couples especially the poor ones need to know this early. This is a message I promote as a family planning champion, it is a course I am committed to especially for the benefits of families in the low income group.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

Although Lagos is known to be the most progressive state in Nigeria, myths and misconceptions on modern methods are major barriers to the uptake of contraceptives including long acting methods. Dispelling rumors and emphasizing the importance of family planning in improving the socioeconomic status of the family during community outreaches were especially effective evidenced by a record of 2500 clients between June to December, 2016 with over 60% new users and long acting reversible acceptors.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Irrespective of tribe, a large family size is highly valued in Nigeria. This is evident in a fertility rate of 5.5 despite the high poverty rate. This can be addressed by giving messages on family planning in clear terms linking the present socioeconomic status to the family size and the ability to meet the basic needs of individuals, families and placing the nation on the part of national development. Messages should inform people that family planning holds the key to a secured future.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

By year 2020 I hope to have my advance health related degree in public health with a track in sexual and reproductive health. This will enhance my knowledge and skills in advocating, conceptualizing and implementing strategic interventions in increasing contraceptive uptake in Nigeria. With the effort of other partners family planning would be a social norm in Nigeria evidenced by a CPR of 36% and more, achieve a CPR increase of 12.5% in Lagos, Nigeria, and unbiased access to other SRH services.

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