Oludolapo Eniola Dada

Oludolapo Eniola Dada - 2019 Nominee
Position: MPH Student/Pharmacist/Family Planning program specialist
Organization: Obafemi Awolowo University
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Masters in Business Administration
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Masters in Public Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, expected December, 2019
Bachelor of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University
Leadership in Strategic Health Communication, CCPN & JHCCP
Leadership and Management in Health, University of Washington (online course)
75 Public Votes Reached!
Eniola Dada is a pharmacist with vast experience in health communication. She has used her skills in demand creation and service delivery to increase uptake of family planning services including PAC FP & PPFP in South west Nigeria. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Successfully implemented the Womens Health Project in my region in 2009. Reduced unmet need for FP in the region by training, mentoring & coaching FP service providers, organising demand creation activities and leading advocacies to key influencers in the community to create enabling environment. Today the region still records over 15000 new acceptors of LARC annually from those intervention sites.
Between 2010 to 2013 I conducted trainings for over 5500 patent medicine vendors on counseling and dispensing of family planning products, about 60% of them opened new service delivery outlets for FP thus improving access to FP in rural areas.
Worked with IPC agents, TBAs & midwives to increase knowledge and acceptance of PPIUD in my region resulting in 97% increase in uptake in 2 years.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The high MMR in Nigeria has been a driving force behind my interest in maternal health. This affected me personally when I lost a cousin to complications of childbirth, leaving behind an aged father, husband & children. My passion grew in the course of my BCC work as women opened up during IPC sessions to tell me about their friends & relatives who would likely still be alive if they had known about FP. Increasing awareness about FP is my contribution to reducing further pregnancy related deaths

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

In past 5 years I raised a team of IPC agents, WRA recruited & trained from intervention sites serving as advocates for FP in their peer groups. From my capacity building, supportive supervision & mentoring they developed passion & skill in generating demand for FP, reaching over 150000 WRA yearly.
To reach more people I opened a platform on instagram for sharing health information and education especially about SRH issues targeting the younger generation who learn from social media

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 scale up my online intervention by developing a fully interactive website which will provide access to accurate, non judgemental, youth friendly information on sexual and reproductive health issues. It will be a platform where users can chat and get counseling anonymously from health professionals. I will leverage on my existing network to get other health professionals to work with me on the website while collaborating with social media influencers to create awareness about the site.

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