Omolara Bamidele - Oyinlola

Omolara Bamidele - Oyinlola - 2019 Nominee
Position: Specialist - SBCC
Current Location: Nigeria, (West) Africa
Masters Degree from Glasgow Caledonian University/Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Babcock University: BSc. Biochemistry
World Bank Group: Basics of Health Economics
Ipas: Values Clarification and Transformation
Piston and Fusion (PMI Affiliate): Project Management
Reproductive Health Institute; University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa: Research Methods Course in Sexual & Reproductive Health; HIV and Gender-based Violence
Population Services International (PSI): Coaching and Mentoring Training
PACT, Nigeria: Grant Making and Management
I+ Solutions: Supply Chain Management
Society for Family Health: District Health Information System (DHIS 2) Training
Society for Family Health: Training on Education Through Listening
Society for Family Health: Documenting Story of Change and Most Significant Change
Society for Family Health: Interpersonal Communication Training
National Agency for the Control of AIDS: Gender Assessment Training
Pace Concept Consulting: Project Design and Proposal Writing
United Nations Children's Fund: Peer Education Training for Adolescents, Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support
Babcock University: Data Analysis using SPSS
75 Public Votes Reached!
She is a very ardent Demand generation specialist for Population Services International working to promote the use of long term family planning methods for rural women & disadvantaged women. She is proficient with Behavior change Communication skill – Samuel IKANI, Impact Assessment And Shared Learning Manager at ActionAid Nigeria
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I built the capacity of 50 Interpersonal Communication Conductors to deliver FP Messages correctly causing increased awareness and knowledge of FP benefits and services in intervention States. This has led to increase of new acceptors of LARC from 9,694 to 13,853 between 2016 and 2018. Using Balanced Counseling Strategy, I strengthened the capacity of over 100 private and public facility FP service providers for service delivery and improved their documentation and reporting system. This has resulted in 77% increase in service uptake and 89% increase in reporting rate and data completeness. Overall, these interventions have contributed to averting 12,000 maternal deaths by use of modern methods of contraception and 13.8 % modern contraceptive prevalence rate among WRAs in 2018 in Nigeria.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I am passionate about decreasing maternal and infant mortality rates. Loosing my baby cousin because of unsupervised home delivery, growing up in a hostel and hearing girls do bizarre things in order to terminate unintended pregnancies sparked my interest. I realize how the future of these girls and the society at large can be affected by unintended pregnancies. I am confident that women and girls can achieve more if they have access to quality information.

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

I provide supportive supervision, mentoring and coaching to Interpersonal Communication Agents and service providers in order to ensure the quality of FP messages and services delivered at the grass-root level to thousands of women and men. I also use my position to engage women from vulnerable populations to identify Traditional Birth Attendants who are linked with health facilities in case of emergencies. I lead advocacy to key community influencers to ensure male support for FP uptake.

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? :

The platform will provide me the opportunity to network with global leaders with commitment to advancing family planning, learn and share best practices, identify successes and challenges and domesticate best practices in my country. With the grant, I will build the capacity of service providers to deliver youth friendly services to adolescents. I will build the capacity of Traditional Birth Attendants to provide standardized services and ensure distribution of delivery kit to vulnerable women

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