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Rajat Thakur

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Rajat Thakur - 2017 Nominee
Position: Project Manager
Organization: Ipas Development Foundation
Current Location: New Delhi
MBA
Rajat is dedicated to strengthening women’s access to comprehensive contraception care and is an integral member of IDFs team. He has an inherent ability to work with health workers of all cadres and motivate them for offering high quality services. – Vasanthi Krishnan, Project Director at Ipas Development Foundation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In my career spanning 9 years, I have dedicated 7 years on strengthening contraceptive access and FP. My core areas of work have been strengthening community level advocacy and service provision through CHWs in tribal area and leveraging this platform to engage teachers and PRI members. This equips me with hands-on experience and knowledge to advocate at the state level for strengthening services. My work involves mentoring seven mobile training teams who travel to remote public health facilities for facilitating trainings. Over the last 2.5 years, 1500 HSPs have been trained to offer comprehensive contraception in 200 plus training programmes. Each of these programmes are unique as they are customized for each facility.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I got married at the age of 21 years and had no knowledge about contraception. My wife and I had a child very early in our marriage and that made me realize the importance of FP and planning the birth of a child. Now that I am working with IDF, I often come across young boys and girls or even newly married couples seeking information and I try that the staff at facilities we work with provide unbiased information on contraception to these young people.

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

Talking about contraception is often very challenging with rural young women given the language barriers. I have often used local language & terms to communicate my points & assist in making the discussion more relatable. It is also important to plan the time at which these interactions are scheduled such that they suit the convenience of women in the community. Strategies like informing them about planning the birth of their child between 2 crops worked well to address birth spacing.

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 to use the platform in the below manner:
a. To educate young boys and girls in reproductive health education especially the school and college students as well as the school drop-outs.
b. I will use radio programs and community based strategy to increase awareness on FP services in the project area.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Training session on FP services

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