Shamwil Hassan

Shamwil Hassan - 2017 Nominee
Position: President
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
BSc from Public Administration/Management
Shamwill is a strong advocate for Adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights and Youth Participation in Nigeria. As the president of UNFPA's Youth Advisory Group, he ensures that the unique SRHR of young people are reflected in their programs. – Margaret Bolaji, Program officer at Population and Reproductive Health Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

One of my contributions is recommendation to Associations for family and reproductive health to involve men as service providers of FP Commodities and also engaged men in their places of discussion called 'Majalisa'
On the other hand, I am one of the first male advocate of FP services in my community, where I used the available data of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion to sensitize my peers and tell them the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancy or unsafe abortion is to used FP Commodities. And finally during the Nigerian 4th National conference on FP I designed placard showcasing why young people need FP services.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

To answer this question simply I can say the rate of maternal death in my community and out of curiosity I was wandering and asking why are women dieying because of pregnancy related problems. curiosity gave me a rare access to data on maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in my state and the rate was alarming, this make me feel obligated to contribute towards reducing the rate in my state. I understand that using FP services can reduce the rate by my people are not using it.

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

I emerged as UNFPA Youth Participatory platform president due to my ability to mobilize my peers to campaign and talk about FP services in Northern Nigeria. Secondly, I was part of the team that Advocate for a budget line of FP services in my state (Kebbi State). And I am national champion of youth advocate of Demographic Dividend for campaigns on reducing fertility and mortality through the use of FP services.

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 used the fund to organizes a grass root mobilization campaign to create awareness among the rural people on the major causes of maternal mortality and morbidity, infertility due to unsafe abortion and orient them to go and access family planning services. this is because the rate of mortality and morbidity among teenage girls is alarming and need urgent actions by all. our rural communities need to understand the health and economic benefits of accessing FP services

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Advocating to traditional ruler about family planning and canvasing their support to orient people to access the services and prevent unsafe abortion, VVF and mortality ration, Placard campaign on the need for family planning services among young peop, Facilitator during a traininig on family planning delivery at the community level, highlighting the basic need of young people is privacy and confidenciality when they access the services.

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