Tolulope Oyekanmi

Tolulope Oyekanmi - 2019 Nominee
Position: Health Systems Strengthening Officer for FP
Organization: Health Systems Consult Limited
Current Location: Lagos/Nigeria
MSc from University of Aberdeen/International Health and Management
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bsc Nursing
Registered Nurse and Midwife
Leadership and Management in Health. University of Washington Online Course
75 Public Votes Reached!
She trained state actors on the use of national FP dashboard and currently working on strategic purchasing for FP towards the inclusion of full complement of FP services into the existing benefit package of the State health Insurance Scheme. – Adeoti Okaga, State FP Coordinator at Lagos State Ministry of Health, Nigeria
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I successfully coordinated training and mentoring of over 150 health workers on Post partum Family Planning as well as training of over 600 Traditional Birth Attendants in Kaduna State on referral of women to health facilities for immediate post-partum FP following home deliveries. While northern States are generally known for low uptake of FP, the intervention resulted in monthly record of over 400 PPIUD and 500 PP-Implant insertions. I conducted training and follow up visits to FP coordinators and other Key FP actors in 6 southwest states of Nigeria on the use of National Family Planning dashboard. I also provided on the job coaching to trained FP providers in 30 facilities which improved their skills and ensured they adhered to the expected level of quality in FP service delivery.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

During community outreaches as an undergraduate nurse, I met several women with many children who lacked proper care, nutrition and education. This was largely because their parents had more children than they could care for. This made me develop great passion for family planning since it can help families have only the number of children they can adequately care for, and with adequate spacing in between the births, which has the potential to enhance the economic advancement of the women.

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

Having previously trained State FP actors on use of National FP dashboard, i provide them required support in interpreting data from the dashboard for decision making and resource allocation. Currently, the newly introduced health insurance scheme in Lagos State has only FP counselling in its benefit package (BP). I am working with the State FP unit and health maintenance agency to ensure the inclusion of full FP services into the BP as this will help drive the uptake of FP services in 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? :

If named a winner, I will use the platform for greater networking and knowledge sharing on best practices for advancing Family planning. In partnership with telecoms companies, i will use the grant to implement mobile phone outreach to disseminate FP information to the masses. In addition, i will make youth friendly fliers with accurate Family planning information available to students in 5 senior secondary schools as part of family life education so they can be rightly informed early enough.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
On the job coaching/mentoring for providers Presentation to State Actors on Strategic Purchasing for FP Training session on National Family Planning Dashboard

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