Onyinye Belinda Ndubuisi-Chijioke

Onyinye Belinda Ndubuisi-Chijioke - 2016 Nominee
Position: Program Manager
Organization: Economic and Social Empowerment Of Rural Communities (ESERC)
Onyinye Belinda Ndubuisi is a young lady who first started a monthly radio- telephone call in Program which reaches more than 80,000 women on Family Planning in the Southern Eastern Part of Nigeria . – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a two time winner of the MTV staying Alive award for young people doing good projects in the area of Health ,STDs/HIV/AIDs. I have used my already existing community networks, religious groups and townhall meetings to raise over 160 family planning and Maternal health champions. We have implemented projects which is centered on strengthening community health systems funded by Path2 in more than 8 communities. We Partnered with UNICEF to Monitor Maternal health week in Enugu state . Developed women survival centers in more than 15 communities . Our Akunamata radio call in program which targets more than 120,000 people twice monthly and my Female condom campaign which mentors and trains people on Female Condom

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The burden of unwanted pregnancies,Maternal and child death, unsafe abortion,beliefs favoring high fertility,low contraceptive use,high fertility rates and high unmet needs for family planning sparked my passion for Family Planning Advocacy Projects.Advocacy creates change.It inspires a shared vision,enables others to act, encourages a people-centered focus,creates an understanding of the challenges facing public policy decision-makers and provides advocates with the evidence and public support.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

Bias against the girl child:Until a son is born,women keep conceiving. Accessing some rural communities is a major challenge.Access to services and the empowerment and role of women not just in society,but also in their households.The system is not yet optimal in how it's functioning with the stock outs sometimes occurring. And the level of financing isn't yet where it should be.We are working to secure more funding for contraception. We are providing referrals and family planning education.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

The Key drivers of this problem lie in the Health system which needs to be improved, roots of society , government initiatives, constrained funding,lack of Health personnel, lack of tools and technologies,social and cultural issues .Making contraceptives widely available and accessible, reducing the high cost of quality mid- to long-acting contraceptives. Our women needs to be empowered to take decisions on family planning . Awareness on harmful effects of neglecting family planning on women .

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I want to see a Nigeria where women can firmly decide on the contraception they want to use without any fear. I would like female condoms to be highly accessible and affordable for women too.I am zealous of seeing where Nigerian's health system is being compared to that of South Africa. I hope to work so that Family planning advocacy in rural areas will based on evidence based performance that will send a stronger influential message that will be more impactful because it deals with reality.

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