Rodrigue Ngouana

Rodrigue Ngouana - 2019 Nominee
Position: Regional Project Director
Organization: Jhpiego
Current Location: Côte D'Ivoire, (West) Africa
Master Degree in Demography and Population Studies
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Master Degree in Economics and Public Management
75 Public Votes Reached!
Mr. Ngouana has worked in West and Central Africa to advocate for policy changes, technical support and resource mobilization in favor of FP. He has of recent also taken a lead in designing Family planning self care program for adolescent and women. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a demographer economist, I have spent 14 years of my career in West and Central Africa, using data to drive evidence based advocacy for family planning. I have directed my effort towards engaging decision makers and stakeholders in governments to promulgate health policies that will create supportive environment to enable women and girls access to safe, and effective reproductive health services, including family planning and contraception. One of the several advocacy initiatives I undertook was task sharing in FP in Burkina Faso which resulted to allow CHWs to offer pills and injectables and midwives to offer long term methods. And I have also worked with West Africa Health Organization to allow the 15 ECOWAS Ministries of Health to adopt and sign a regional resolution on task sharing.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I have been working all my life to build & develop strong partnerships for acting and fighting for women and girls access to RH services. Around the world, about 255 million women and girls are still exposed to unwanted pregnancies just because they can't access FP services and/or choose the contraceptive methods they want. There is urgency to ensure that every woman, wherever they are, have access to the full range of contraceptive methods to protect their lives and secure their well-being

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

In my professional roles, I take extra effort to seek and nature youth with leadership potentials, mentoring them to build their capacity to advocate and to voice their needs. I also work with governments, to ensure they have technical and institutional capacity to improve policy environment for RH/FP. As a Director, progress towards aligning country and donor priorities require building trust and credibility, commitment to equitable partnership and accountability to accomplishing results.

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? :

In Cote d'Ivoire where I live, I see youth led organizations that need a lot of training and coaching to enhance their efforts and skills to advocate for their RH/FP rights. In collaboration with partners like Advance Family Planning, I will organize an orientation session on the AFP SMART approach, and develop their capability to effectively package their advocacy objectives and messages. This will help their advocacy engagements while raising their voices to demand access to RH/PF services.

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