Sucharita Chakraborty

Sucharita Chakraborty - 2019 Nominee
Position: Manager - Programs
Organization: Ipas Development Foundation
Current Location: India, South Asia
Master of Social Work from Visva - Bharati University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
B.SC. with Geography Honors from Calcutta University , Postgraduate Certificate course on Urban Management and Planning from Calcutta University
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    IDF Star Award (Best Employee)
    Awarding Organization:
    Ipas Development Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    October 10, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Sucharita is always looking for ways to improve access to family planning information & services for young women and girls in low resource settings. She never lets an opportunity slip by to sensitize the providers and CHWs on women's rights to SRHS. – Vinoj Manning, Chief Executive Officer at Ipas Development Foundation
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Led pilot project for strengthening youth and adolescent friendly SRH services at selected public health facilities of West Bengal and conducted many trainings to sensitize counsellors, CHWs and service providers on SRHR specially to address the family planning need of young women. I built the capacities of youth leaders on SRHR including family planning and safe abortion for reaching out to 20,000 young women of Jharkhand. Developed communication tools like WhatsApp video, animated story cards, comic books, leaflets and other IEC materials for spreading awareness in the community on SRH including FP and safe abortion. Presently I am leading a program for strengthening government FP training system and to expand post pregnancy contraceptive choice across 12 districts of West Bengal.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

While implementing youth and SRHR program in Jharkhand and West Bengal I realized that young women have very limited accesses to contraception and there are lots of myths and misconception in the community about contraceptive use. The realization that most women have no control on their reproductive health and young women have special need of family planning sparked me to work towards creating enabling environment so that young women can make informed choice of family planning.

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

I am currently leading a Gates funded project for providing quality and comprehensive FP training and post training support. Project aims at improving service delivery at public health facilities. I am taking lead to capacitate the team for providing quality training and post training support and ensuring quality of FP services at public sites. As project lead, I am also responsible for advocacy with government and was successful in mobilizing government fund for FP trainings.

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 this new platform and the grant for developing innovative communication tools on the issue of SRHR, family planning and contraception. The initiative would be focused on engaging youth of selected areas and equip this young population with correct information on SRH & family planning and availability of services. It also aims at empowering this youth group as change agent for creating supportive environment to ensure access of SRH and FP services by youth and young couples.

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