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Olubukola Omosanya

Olubukola Omosanya - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Manager
Organization: Bode Akindele YIELD Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria/Africa
Masters Degree of Public Health from University of Ibadan/Health Promotion and Education
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate of Course Completion in Global health Community-Based Family planning from Global Health elearning Center (June 11,2015)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Award of Excellence in Community Service
    Awarding Organization:
    Community Chest Council, Oyo State
    Date Awarded:
    March 18, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
As a Cycle beads Distribution Consultant, she was able to lead her team to conduct 525 advocacy visits to community stakeholders, Artisans, women leaders, youths’ leaders etc in Oyo State, Nigeria. She successfully mobilized and trained 5020 people. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In my career as Reproductive Health Consultant, I have supported 22 Family Planning(FP) clinics to implement awareness creation programs on FP and trained 256 community members as Community-based Distribution Agents to educate, counsel, distribute contraceptive methods to people in their communities and served as referral systems to FP clinics thereby increasing FP use in Oyo state. As a Cycle bead Consultant to a project supported by USAID, i promoted the uptake of the Standard Days Method (SDM) which is the least popular of other methods of FP among young women and those whose religion does not support the use of contraceptives and familiarized them with its no side effect advantage. Over 5000 women and men were reached in various awareness creation sessions on SDM with an uptake of 2500

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My personal experience as a young mother and researcher attending family planning(FP) clinic session, i discovered low turn out at the FP clinic compared to antenatal clinics, women use various quack methods for pregnancy prevention and quite a number go for unsafe abortion when those methods were unsuccessful, these raised my inquisitiveness about all family planning methods and decided to try at least 4 of the methods. These experiences challenged me to identify the gap in demand for FP use.

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

Currently as a Program Manager, i have established 15 youth development platforms with 800 members age 18-35 where they are trained as peer educators on Family Planning, STIs & Life Skills and report feedbacks on field activities.
I also volunteered as counselor and introduced counselling booth at community based organization family planning outreach programs. I have been privileged to counsel over 1000 women and their spouse, identified their perception and help them make informed choice .

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? :

Team work makes the dream work, i will leverage on the experience and network with participants especially from my country to form a strong advocacy group promoting family planning. I will utilize the grant with additional resources to establish at least 10 more youth development platforms across the country, engage and train more young people mostly girls as agent of change promoting family planning, increase demand creation and advocate acccess to FP services in the schools and communities.

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