Rhoda Njeri Njeru

75 Public Votes Reached!
Rhoda Njeri Njeru - 2017 Nominee
Position: program officer
Organization: Jhpiego
Current Location: Kenya, East Africa
BScNursing from Currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Innovation in RH/FP 2012
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    June 20, 2012
  • Award:
    Financial management and accountability
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    June 20, 2013
  • Award:
    Most innovative staff winner in 2013
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    October 20, 2012
She has done excellent job in saving women and children – gracr kiiru, Finance officer at jhpiego
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Have championed in LARC and permanent methods of family planning and currently a ToT. Championed postpartum family planning at the maternity department where women are counseled on FP and receive method of choice on discharged hence minimizing the missed opportunity. Engaging young men riding motorbikes (bodaboda) through Family planning sensitization forums to become FP champions targeting their clients who often are women and they have become advocates of FP to family and community. Formation of teenage mothers support groups and linking them to youth friendly comprehensive care including FP and eventual return to school after 6 months of Exclusive BF. FP support at the tertiary institutions targeting young men and women with FP messages, using peer educators to reach other peers.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I worked as an RH/FP/MNCH program officer, I realized the major maternal killers could be controlled and minimized using FP as a high impact intervention. The realization of the unmet need for FP and the willingness of the women and young adults to take up FP methods after the counseling sessions spurred up the passion. The willingness of the mother in-laws to support her daughters in-law to take up the methods being the key decision makers when the sons are away did motivate me to reach out.

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

Conducted mentorship sessions for the LARC/LAPM of FP at facility level. As a ToT, I clustered the facilities to conduct mentorship circuits and this provided a platform to instill the insertion and removal skills of IUD and implants to HCW's at a reasonable cost and reaching out to a big clientele. Employed task shifting by using the Reproductive Health Clinical Officers to mentor and offer the Permanent methods in Human resource constrained setup where Medical doctors are few in rural sites.

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 grant will be used to support the young mothers/ teenage support groups to attend the FP sessions. In the past it has been challenging to honor the return dates to the clinic because they are students/ pupils with no source of income. Bringing them together would provide a platform to educating them on importance of FP, life skills and the need to return to school for most of them drop out at an early age. Support caretakers to have a forum to share on sustainable teenage support systems.

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