Olusegun Awolaran

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Olusegun Awolaran - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Officer/ Researcher
Organization: Center for Research, Evaluation and Resource Development
Current Location: Nigeria, (West) Africa
Master of Public Health from University of Ilorin, Nigeria/MPH program
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
PhD in Public Health ( Reproductive and Family Health) - in view
He represents a new generation of family planning leaders as one who has a background in Family Planning programming and programme implementation but has also moved into research in family planning. I believe his wealth of experience and expertise in this area is what the future needs. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have implemented intervention programs and conducted research on improving access to FP services including the community level intervention of the USAID Funded ESMPIN Project in Ogun State, Nigeria where I coordinated 100 IPCA to carry out community based sensitization and demand creation activities to improve FP uptake in 12 LGAs of the State. I also conducted a study on fear of side effect as a barrier to the uptake of long term contraceptives. The results of which was presented at the 3rd Nigerian FP Conference in 2014 and a subset of the data was recently published in The Nigerian Journal of Public Health, in 2016. I led a team in a study to determine sources of SRH services among adolescents in the State, the report was used to develop the current State ASRH implementation plan.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up I saw my mother counsel women on the use of FP but I never understood why she so believed in the efficacy of the strategy until I lost family members and friends to complications of child birth and unsafe abortion, on the other hand I saw the lives of people that took to her advice improve because they had adequate access to FP information. This made an impression on me and I am glad to be able work towards improving the well being of women by expanding access to FP services.

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

While I led the FP intervention to improve the uptake of FP service in 2012 and we were not getting the desired result, I piloted the use of bulk SMS to women who we had previously educated. This was eventually adopted as part of the ESMPIN strategy throughout the nation by the organization I worked for then (SFH). I also led a team of researchers to determine the sources of SRH services among adolescents, the report of which was used to develop the State ASRH implementation plan.

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 use this new platform to apply for both local and international grants for FP interventions that would promote the use of FP services among women. Secondly, I currently have a Facebook page, Healthsquare which I have bein using to promote various health issues, but if I am named a winner, I would use the platform to further promote FP services. Thirdly, I will use the funding to complete a research I am currently involved in, to assess the scope, barriers and utilization of FP services.

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