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Oluwadamilola Opawale

Oluwadamilola Opawale - 2019 Nominee
Position: Youth Program Officer, The Challenge Initiative
Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria / Medicine & Surgery
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
GENDER AND SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH COURSE; JOHN HOPKINS BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, GLOBAL E-LEARNING CENTRE
BASIC LEADERSHIP AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE; LEADING LADIES BUSINESS INSTITUTE, LAGOS.
BASIC CERTIFICATE IN STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, MONITORING AND EVALUATION; STRATEGIC RESEARCH & MANAGEMENT (STREAM) INSIGHT, LAGOS, NIGERIA
75 Public Votes Reached!
She runs a iBuildAfrica (iBA) Foundation with the mission to reach out to female adolescents, helping them maximize their potentials, environment and background notwithstanding sexuality in order to reduce pregnancy rates and HIV transmission – Olasumbo Modupe, Broadcast Journalist at Lagos television
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a medical doctor with interest in Adolescent Health. I founded an NGO in 2011 (called iBuildAfrica Foundation). We focused on supporting teenage mothers access medical and psychological support, created awareness about teenage pregnancy and its prevention including creating awareness about the need for contraceptives among sexually active teenagers. Presently, I work as a Youth Program Officer for The Challenge Initiative. My work entails providing technical support to local government to implement high impact Adolescent & Youth Reproductive health programs ultimately increasing modern contraceptive uptake among young people. Through my technical support, there has been evidence of increased uptake of contraceptive methods among young people in two of the states we support.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up as a young girl in a slum-like environment is the reason for my passion for Family Planning. There was high rate of teenage pregnancy in my community. The menace became more obvious when as a high school student, it was almost the norm that at the beginning of a session some girls would not resume school because they got pregnant. Even then, I knew something could be done. I promised myself to dedicate my time to reduce teenage pregnancy and help more girls stay in school.

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

I mentor over 70 youth advocates across four states in Nigeria to become youth voices for accountability in Family Planning program in their states
I also provide technical support and monitor implementation of seven Community Based Organizations in two states in Nigeria

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? :

Through the exposure that this platform will provide, I will acquire more technical skills, I will give myself a target to mentor not less than 500 more more young people to become Family Planning youth advocates in their geographies

With the $1000 grant, I will provide medical, psychological and educational support to 50 indigent teenage mothers in rural Nigeria

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