Richard Buabeng

Richard Buabeng - 2019 Nominee
Position: RM Nurse - Ghana Health Service / Project Coordinator - Africa - HRDS India / Family Planning, Youth and YALI Africa4Her Advocate / Volunteer / Public Health Candidate
Organization: Ghana Health Service / The Highrange Rural Development Society India / Mental Health and WellBeing Foundation Ghana
Current Location: Ghana, Africa
College Diploma from Nurses Training College, Pantang / Mental Nursing
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
QualityRights E- Training Diploma Certificate
Journalism diploma Certificate.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Emerging Leaders Program
    Awarding Organization:
    Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Learning Center, West Africa, Accra.
    Date Awarded:
    August 31, 2018
  • Award:
    Standard Mental Health First Aider -Accreditation Certificate
    Awarding Organization:
    Mental Health First Aid Australia
    Date Awarded:
    October 17, 2018
  • Award:
    Strengthening Injury Prevention and Care of the Injured Globally and in Ghana
    Awarding Organization:
    Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre and University of Washington, USA
    Date Awarded:
    October 28, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Richard Buabeng's significantly impacts families in "Family planning Advocacy", in the area of females who have mental health problems and "education" for women and men in the Northern region of Ghana. – Lydia Anokye, Student at University of Professional Studies, Accra
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I began Family Planning (FP) education and advocacy with the aim of preventing unwanted pregnancies in women with mental disabilities and students. These women are at risk of sexual exploitation by unscrupulous men. I met large families with poor health and poverty. Looking at PRB's 2016 population census, this moved me to introduce FP education during my outreach programs through which about 100 females in their reproductive age now got on board. We engage the men also though challenging, they are gradually accepting. Through education i demystified FP services to young students. I collaborate with the Reproductive and Child health Unit of my hospital to increase assess to FP services and information to women through education. Since 2017, service coverage has increased from 0.6% to 1.4%

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My first week in Porokong, a poor village troubled my heart. Children who were to be in school played in the sand, untidy and unkempt. Averagely, 5 little children belonged to a family. The women claim if they stop having babies they risk loosing their marriages. It was same story in other villages. I met a woman who had 8 children, one was sick with recurrent seizures compounded by malaria. My team took her for treatment. They had no money as many children was a burden. These events struck me.

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

At an outreach I met a mother of 8 with a seriously ill child. The family size had impacted on their economic status. I led my team quickly to get her treated. I educated them on the benefits of FP. She is now an active user. It made me to use local comic and drama to teach people about reproductive health and FP. This impresses strongly.
I helped a woman mentally unwell to start using 5 year levonorgestrel inplant. Men were sexually preying her and we feared pregnancy.
Leadership is service.

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? :

*Research and engage stakeholders on how FP services can be provided to women with mental disabilities at primary healthcare level and training for providers.
*Collaborate with schools to create interactive platforms were students can easily access reproductive health information to avoid early pregnancies and school dropouts.
*Make students FP ambassadors for their communities.
*Empower women with FP information and engage the men to make informed cafeteria choices of contraception together.

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Community members of Porokong a poor farming community in the Kalba Sub-district at the outreach post listening to the benefits and cafeteria choices of family planning available among other health services. Photo credit Benedicta Diibu (Community Nurse) Women at the Child Welfare Clinic in Kalba listening attentively to family planning messages. Photo credit. Reina Akokre (Midwife) Students at St. Hagen's Junior High School taken through reproductive health education including family planning. Photo credit Students of St.Hagen's JHS.

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