Santosh Madikar

Santosh Madikar - 2019 Nominee
Position: Senior Program Officer
Organization: Jhpiego
Current Location: India, Asia
Master Of Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
B.Sc (Nursing)
75 Public Votes Reached!
Santosh brings a balance of youthful enthusiasm and attention to detail that comes with maturity. He is an ardent advocate of increasing access to family planning and increased PPIUCD acceptance 2200 times by advocacy, skill building and leadership. – Surendra Sharma, State Program Manager at Jhpiego
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My association with Jhpiego gave me an opportunity to improve access to quality family planning with a focus on IUCD services and address the need for effective post-partum FP method in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. Lack of trained service providers and non - availability of round the clock services at public facilities, hindered access to IUCD services. We trained more than 300 providers (Doctors and Nurses) in 51 batches of 5 days comprehensive IUCD trainings (2015 to 2019). Post training, I conducted more than 300 supportive supervision visits to initiate and sustain the services, ensure enabling environment and nurture newly trained providers. With these efforts, we were able to reach to almost 142,059 women, out of which 111,273 accepted PPIUCD over last five years.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was passionate about Family Planning since my masters and did my research on FP titled as “Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of contraceptive usage among married women of reproductive age group in an urban area”. However, despite reaching to replacement level of TFR, India still faces high MMR and IMR, I believe lack of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy is one of the major cause for it. Family planning can be a potential solution by delaying first and then subsequent pregnancies.

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

Despite having all the resources, PPIUCD acceptance was poor in one of the facilities. When probed, I found that prevailing myths, misconceptions and lack of knowledge about IUCD among community is contributing to this lack of interest. To get rid of the myths, misconception and update the knowledge about IUCD, I addressed the front-line workers, almost 5000 of them, and clarified their doubts. This resulted in increase in uptake of IUCDs immediately across all intervention 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? :

I will use the grant in establishing tiny knowledge capsules for population of more than 5000 in rural area. It will work as knowledge center to disseminate the information to front-line workers and young couple on HTSP and need of PPFP. Each capsule will be headed by one of the front-line workers, who will use effective AV aids like projector and flip books. The grant will be used for identifying the front-line workers, place, procure logistics and conduct impact analysis (as pilot project).

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Paper presentation at International Nurses Conference Comprehensive IUCD training Insertion skill demonstration.

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