Sarah Kuponiyi

Sarah Kuponiyi - 2019 Nominee
Position: SHRH advocate/MPH Candidate
Organization: Adolescent Reproductive Health and Rights Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria, (West) Africa
BSc. Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Global Health Learning: Certificate on Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
Global Health Learning: Certificate on Basic Monitoring and Evaluation
The British Project Management Academia: Project Management Course
Young Africa Leaders Initiative: Certificate on Effective communications for healthy Outcome course
Young Africa Leaders Initiative: Certificate on Understanding Women and girls rights
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    International Peace Person 2018
    Awarding Organization:
    Peace First
    Date Awarded:
    April 6, 2019
  • Award:
    Best National Volunteer Team for YouLead Project 2019
    Awarding Organization:
    Cuso International
    Date Awarded:
    March 19, 2019
  • Award:
    Nominated for SDGs Star 2019
    Awarding Organization:
    Nigerian Youth SDGs Network
    Date Awarded:
    May 30, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
She organizes 'a well informed adolescent' a campaign tour of secondary schools in Cross that preaches enlightenment about their bodies, their rights; and providing sexual education. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through my Sexual Reproductive Health advocacy work I have been able to reach out to more than 2000 youths with in the age 10-19 years in Cross River state Nigeria where I educated them about their reproductive health, I have also been able to create awareness on family planning and contraceptive usage to more 2500 youths within the age of 16-19years through my social media platform, Youth club activities and school campaigns in Lagos/Osun/Cross River State of Nigeria. Through my campaign I did data gathering on knowing adolescents knowledge level, perception and acceptance of contraceptive usage in Cross River State. From the Questionnaire answered I discovered most adolescents are not aware of family planning, there are no facilities to discuss their family planning needs without fear.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In Nigeria, reproductive health needs of adolescents as a group have been largely ignored to date; there is no access to sexual reproductive health services, and this has led to sexual reproductive health epidemics. Growing up I was faced with this lack, culture of silence& barriers. I am passionate about ensuring adolescents are equipped with necessary, accurate and complete information about their sexual reproductive health and rights which help young people make informed healthy choices.

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

I have been working with CUSO International to provide adequate quality sexual reproductive health education through the establishment of Youth Resource Centers (YRCs) in 9-LGAs in Cross River State. The YRCs serves as safe spaces for young people where they can come to discuss their sexual health without prejudice, I offer youth friendly services such as youth clubs, one to one health counseling, family planning awareness and referral to hospital when necessary.

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? :

The platform will give me more opportunity to engage in policies reform advocacy nationally and globally. This will also advance my work by providing supportive and equitable environment that provides SRH services in every village/urban slum. I would organize trainings and events that would equipped SRH service providers with the required youth friendly skills. I would also establish mobile clinical outreach for young people; these would deliver SRHR services in hard to reach places to youths.

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