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Oluwatoyin Owolabi

Oluwatoyin Owolabi - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Manager
Organization: Balanced Stewardship Development Association (BALSDA)
Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Certificate of participation in Reproductive Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Advocacy Training (Champions for Change (C4C), Public Health Institute, California USA) (November 2014 -October 2015)
75 Public Votes Reached!
Oluwatoyin is a public health expert with 11 years of progressive experience through her work in the advocacy and policy development towards improving access to quality family planning information and services in Nigeria – Adewale Adeleye, Executive Director at Balanced Stewardship Development Association (BALSDA)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been privileged to work in the non-profit sector in improving access to quality reproductive health information and services for women. Specifically, I have worked in partnership with the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) to develop a National Guidelines for Emergency Contraception in Nigeria and I have also worked with the support of Champions for Change (C4C) and Population Action International (PAI) to develop the Gombe and Ekiti States Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan to improve access to family planning commodities and services in the states. Also, I have been involved in the development of state policies on the integration of Postpartum Family Planning into other MNCH services in 6 states of Nigeria with support from FP2020.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growing up I always wanted to become a medical doctor because I genuinely wanted to help people and provide care. This had been my ambition since childhood even before I understood the very essence of life. Later, I thought if not curative medicine, I could venture into preventive medicine. Sure enough, I got into public health which I really enjoyed and found very interesting particularly in the area of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health including family planning.

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

As a Program Manager, my responsibilities include managing, supporting and coordinating collaboratively all the maternal, adolescent and sexual and reproductive health projects with local, national and international partners in the organization.

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? :

As a public health professional who is passionate to impact positively on people’s lives and ready to take up challenges, I believe this platform would be key in becoming an outstanding player in the field.
The grant will be utilized to support a community outreach on family planning provision in Garki, Abuja.

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