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Ruth Omonigbehin

Ruth Omonigbehin - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Officer/Public Health Nurse
Organization: Lighthouse Global Health Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Masters from University of Ibadan/Mph
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
RN(Registered Nurse)
RM(Registered Midwife)
BNsc(Bachelor of Nursing Science)
Family Planning
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Graduating Student
    Awarding Organization:
    Oyo state School of Family Health, Ibadan
    Date Awarded:
    February 17, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Ruth is a public health nurse and family planning service provider in Nigeria. She is a great mobilizer and strong advocate for FP uptake. She provides professional counselling both in-person and online on FP options and debunks FP myths. – Adebisi Adenipekun, 120 Under 40 Winner/CEO at Lighthouse Global Health Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a Nurse and Midwife with Family Planning training, I have provided online and offline Family Planning counseling and referrals to numerous men and women over the past 5 years.I have made presentations and conducted trainings on Family Planning to various groups of people in different settings(Religious, academic, rural communities).
In 2015, I conducted a research among male commercial bike riders within Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife community which showed a high level of inadequate knowledge and use of Family Planning. This gave me the opportunity to provide information and educate these men on Family Planning with emphasis on debunking the many myths surrounding Family Planning in Nigeria.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I live in a rural community with a high prevalence of pregnancy among teenage girls. These young girls, aged 13-17 years are often sent out of their homes and made to live with the boys or men that impregnated them. These girls end up as child brides, getting pregnant every other year and having about 5-6 children by the age of 25 years with little or no education. The resultant mortality and poverty stirred me to learn more about, and become a strong advocate for Family Planning use.

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

Some cultural and religious settings discourage the use of Family Planning especially among young people,as a result, many young people are unable to seek correct information and access Family Planning services.
In a bid to tackle this, I have confidential and unbiased conversations with many young people, providing them with the needed information about Family Planning and I refer them to service centers where they can be provided with their chosen methods.

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 intend to create a network of Family Planning service providers who would be accessible to the public, especially young people, through an online platform (a mobile application) to have one-on-one chats about Family Planning and refer individuals to centers where they can get the needed services. The mobile application will also have ready- made answers to frequently asked Family planning questions.
I believe this will improve the knowledge and uptake of Family planning in Nigeria

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Family Planning Clinic Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital, Oyo State Nigeria. Health education session at a secondary school in Makurdi, Benue state counselling session at Obafemi Awolowo University

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