Saadat Khokhar

Saadat Khokhar - 2019 Nominee
Position: M&E and FP Compliance Manager
Organization: Jhpiego Pakistan
Current Location: Pakistan Sindh
Masters of Science in Public Health from Health Services Academy
Saadat, a public health professional who likes challenges.He recently developed a national level model on compliance to FP Principles with policy makers for client centered services which is now part of National guidelines and systems in Pakistan. – Fauzia Assad, Country Director, Jhpiego Pakistan at Jhpiego
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been working in family planning since 10 years in national and international organisation. I had an opportunity to develop social franchising strategy for private service providers complemented with result base voucher scheme in Marie Stopes in order to enhance the access to quality family planning (FP) services. I had also developed marketing strategies empowered with digital means for FP products. In addition, I got an opportunity to develop an monitoring model to ensure FP principles of voluntarism and informed choices for services delivery in public sector health systems. I have also contributed in strengthening public health systems by developing supportive supervision mechanism for service providers.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Growth in population is major public health and social issue which increase the burden on available resources leading to law and order situation in some specific circumstances as well. We can develop a society which would be peaceful, empowered, equitable in terms resource distribution and responsive to social needs of the peoples by controlling the population through culturally sensitive strategies. Thus, I would like to contribute in the field of FP by utilizing my skills and knowledge.

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 would like to engage the youth in raising awareness about reproductive health and FP through digital means and forums like this.

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