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Standly Mbebwo Babila

Standly Mbebwo Babila - 2019 Nominee
Position: Family Planning Supervisor, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Service
Organization: Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services
Current Location: Cameroon
Masters of Health Science from Reproductive Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor in Nursing Sciences
Family Planning Certificate
Strategic Management and Leadership
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Best Male Nursing Student
    Awarding Organization:
    Faculty Of Health Science, University of Buea
    Date Awarded:
    May 12, 2011
  • Award:
    Second Best Masters Student
    Awarding Organization:
    Pan African Institute, University of Ibadan
    Date Awarded:
    November 30, 2018
  • Award:
    Pan African University Scholarship
    Awarding Organization:
    African Union
    Date Awarded:
    September 16, 2016
75 Public Votes Reached!
Babila Standly has been a family planning provider and an advocate for sexual and reproductive health rights of young people in his community since 2013. He respects and values young peoples especially their sexual orientation rights. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Being a service provider for Family Planning (FP) for over 5 years, I have been involved in the provision of FP services to over thousands of women both in the urban and rural communities in Cameroon. I have been involved in multiple rural mobile family planning services to meet the need of the rural women who have little or no access to modern family planning. During the rural community visits, focus is given to long acting reversible contraceptive methods and condoms. Presently, I have been appointed the FP supervisor for Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) which enables me to be involved in building staff capacity and supervise staff performance while ensuring good supply chain of contraceptive commodities for the organization.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My elder sister was forced to drop out of school for 2 years secondary to unwanted pregnancy. This had a negative impact not only to my sister but to us her siblings and the entire family economic situation. This unwanted pregnancy almost let to the death of my sister as she attempted unsuccessfully an induced abortion. Ten years later, my junior cousin also got into same situation with unwanted pregnancy this almost led to her death with sepsis from unsafe abortion.

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

Religious barriers and cultural sensitivity to FP subject had overshadowed the importance of FP. Being a single and a FP provider had been a very big challenge to my FP efforts. I used to find it difficult to present education on FP to married couples. This made me to organize lots of education and sensitization programs to our community and religious leaders on the importance of FP. I am also involved in leading community FP activities especially to the youth community.

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? :

Being a newly recruited FP supervisor, there is much to do in order to strengthen the FP service in the system. This will require resources like finance, human and material resources. The 1000$ I will get from the 120 over 40 award will be donated to purchase family planning commodities for internally displaced people with unmet needs for family planning who visits any of the CBCHS family planning clinics. It will also be used to purchase training materials and supplies.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Clinic Team Working Session in Clinic Jadelle Removal

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