Reham Salama Elshinnawy

Reham Salama Elshinnawy - 2019 Nominee
Position: Doctor / advanced trainer
Organization: Y-PEER - UNFPA
Current Location: Egypt
Masters clinical pathology and Immunology from Faculty of medicine, Benha University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Faculty of medicine, Tanta University

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Breast Health Initiative Grant.
    Awarding Organization:
    Susan G. Komen
    Date Awarded:
    May 30, 2011
75 Public Votes Reached!
Reham provided training sessions to factory workers, to raise awareness, provide counseling and services as part of a family planning project. She also developed a new methodology for youth to engage them by sports for reproductive health awareness. – Mohamed Abd Elrahim Abd Elazeez, Y-PEER Field Coordinator at UNFPA
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Given my 10 years working experience as reproductive health & rights activist in different civil society organizations targeting youth, I have delivered more than 30 training sessions advocating for better reproductive health practice & encouraging girls for making their own decisions based on knowledge .
I believe that training is the driving engine of spreading knowledge and skills which consequently improve attitude & behavior of communities, successfully I was able to communicate with all shades of people and spreading awareness among more than 1000 female.
I gained the deepest experiences in family planning through working with Population council team on implementing evidence based family planning project that worked on 3 stations; spread awareness, counseling & service providing.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was leading a discussion about role of media in spreading awareness about family planning, when one of the reporters asked why the government care about fertility rate instead of offering higher services?
That's sparked my attention, we need different approach to promote for reproductive health, we aim to have every born child to be planned and wanted. However, limiting unwanted pregnancies in Egypt will decrease fertility rate by 20%. It's win win situation.

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

I led a series of training sessions in rural and urban communities in my country.
I led training sessions to engage men and youth in reproductive health awareness.
I worked as head of primary health care center where family planning counseling and services were provided.

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 invest in education. I have a dream of creating summer school for preparing young leaders of both sexes, through which they will get perfectly planned program, to be well armed with knowledge and skills to promote for eradicating unwanted pregnancies and encouraging family planning programs.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
During training session for sexual reproductive health Hands on workshop for medical students in skills lab Treasure hunt game as a part of training session for females in a remote Egyptian village

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