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Sheye Ibrahim

Sheye Ibrahim - 2019 Nominee
Position: State Coordinator
Organization: Evidence for Action - MamaYe! Nigeria
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
PGDip Public Health, B.Sc Biochemistry from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, University of Ilorin.
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Proficiency Certificate in Management
75 Public Votes Reached!
He is a SRHR and Family Planning advocate in the state. He has been committed to evidence based Family Planning advocacy to policy makers in the state in allocating adequate resources for RMNCH services especially family planning to increase mCPR. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a SRHR and Family Planning advocate, I led a team of FP advocates on an high level and evidence based advocacy to key policy makers and decision makers in the state for the creation of budget line and allocation for Family Planning for an improved quality access and utilization of family planning commodities and services in Gombe state especially at the grassroots and rural communities. Those advocacy engagements yielded results of the creation of budget line for FP and an allocation of 20 Million naira in the state ministry of health, 15 million naira in the state primary health development agency in 2018. This in turn increase the mCPR of the state from 3.9% to 4.6%.
Also, engage in media partnership on FP to sensitize women, girls and men inclusive on the uptake of family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Over 47% of Nigeria's population are adolescents and youths, aged 10 - 34 years. And in Nigeria, 70% of girls and women have had their first sexual contact by age 20 years. Over one hundred women die daily from pregnancy related causes in Nigeria, and one out of every three deaths in girls aged between 15 and 19 years, is pregnancy related. Hence, the need to change some of these poor narratives for women and girls.

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

Taking the lead and working with other young advocates in ensuring more investment made to family planning, the need for increased government funding of primary healthcare services towards delivering a bouquet of integrated services for young people that include sexual and reproductive health and rights services. Advocating for an adolescent and youth program budget line in the annual budgets of the state.

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 new platform will create opportunity to improve on my network with other like minds and cross fertilize ideas and experience sharing on family planning among young people.
The grant will be effective in ensuring a sustainable platforms for visibility and sensitization on family planning abound states. Stakeholders in the state need a mind shift to recognize and effectively utilize these avenues. Also, to ensure a deliberate effort to strengthen the capacity of young people on SRHR.

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