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TINUOLA HELEN ABIOLA

TINUOLA HELEN ABIOLA - 2019 Nominee
Position: Demand Creation Specialist
Organization: Society for Family Health
Current Location: Nigeria, (West) Africa
Master of Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science, Accounting
Babcock University ilisan Remo
75 Public Votes Reached!
Tinu is a passionate social worker that has help thousands of women in over 100 communities to overcome barriers to access FP services in SW Nigeria for the past 8 years. She uses BCC strategies, Advocacy and Male engagement to mobilise women for FP – Peter Entonu , Head, Health Finance and L&D/Medical Doctor at Society for Family Health
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My work has been instrumental in providing correct and accurate information on FP, clearing misconception, and assisted women to overcome most of the common barrier to accessing Family Planning methods through BCC Strategies. Each community entry is preceded by paying advocacy to community/religious leaders, gate keepers, community influencers and others to get their buy-in and commitment before reaching out to women. More than 100 communities have been reached with their women mobilized to access services during planned outreaches. Typically reaching out to the male population to get their support for their spouses and this has led to a significant increase in the number of women accessing FP in SW Nigeria. I have successfully trained 20 IPC agents for mobilizing women in the community.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Each time I worked in communities, I am touched by the plight of women being beaten and battered, suffering for having children they couldn't cater for due to misconception and inadequate information about FP.
Also, I had a neighbor who had an unsafe abortion, all because she couldn’t use any FP method as a result of the prevalent myths and misconceptions in the community. I educate women on the importance of FP, thereby giving them the opportunity to save their lives and to live a better life.

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

I have had the privilege of training and supporting 20 IPC agents in many communities, providing on-the-job coaching, following them to the communities, and charting their progress with their clients and following up unyielding clients.

Over the years, I have served as a mentor to them, and working hard to ensure that their employers pay them as at when due.

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 platform and grant to organize activities in hard to reach communities, for women in seclusion (pudah) to clear misconception and give correct information on FP. I will organize program with various artisans and males involvement to secure support for their spouses and women in their community to access FP easily. I will also organize free FP outreaches and work with existing FP clinic and providers to increase access to FP, especially the poor and vulnerable in their communities

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