Trinity Zan

Trinity Zan - 2017 Nominee
Position: Technical Advisor, Research Utilization
Organization: FHI 360
Current Location: United States, North America
MA, International Law and Politics from Georgetown University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
BA, Religion Studies

Professional Certificate, Women, Policy and Political Leadership, Women and Politics Institute, American University, Washington DC,
Ms. Zan’s work as a knowledge broker between scientists, policymakers, and implementers has led to uptake of evidence-based practices in postpartum FP, community-based FP, vasectomy, and digital health innovations for delivering FP information. – Nominator
Trinity has proven to be a powerful force in advancing important evidence-based innovations in family planning. From helping to pioneer mHealth approaches to costed implementation planning, Trinity has helped move FP into the 21st century. – Tricia Petruney, Technical Advisor, FHI 360
With determination and passion, Trinity builds strong relationships with stakeholders, advocates for evidence-based programs, and supports scale-up, working on issues like task-sharing, vasectomy, and mHealth interventions. – Lucy Wilson, Technical Advisor, FHI 360
With deep expertise in partnership engagement and knowledge brokering, Trinity Zan has successfully advocated for the scale-up of evidence-based FP practices. A fluent French-speaker, Zan has advanced new contraceptive product introduction and other innovations including in West Africa. – Kate Rademacher, Technical Advisor, FHI 360
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Between December 2009 and October 2010, I managed an assessment evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of CBD of oral contraceptives. I realized that the dissemination of the results of this study offered a platform for advocating to the MOH for CBD of the intramuscular presentation of DMPA (or DMPA IM). I organized the dissemination meeting to include an overview of the evidence in support of CBD of DMPA IM and a presentation from an experienced implementer in Madagascar. After the meeting, the MOH agreed to change policy to allow for CBD of DMPA IM, pending results from an introduction study, which the MOH also authorized, and which I managed and which has led to country-wide scale-up of the intervention.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I had been working in family planning for about two years already when I had an “aha” moment one day in a market place in Dakar, Senegal around 2006. I was there to buy a glass painting, but as I waited for it to be finished and wrapped, I found myself talking to a crowd of male vendors about fertility, menstrual cycles and the various contraceptive methods that they and their wives could use to avoid pregnancy. Their rapt attention and interest that day solidified my dedication to FP.

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

I was a member of the team that developed mobile for reproductive health (m4RH), one of the first mHealth services to provide evidence-based FP information directly to individuals via mobile phones. I have worked with my colleagues to scale and adapt m4RH for multiple audiences and country-contexts, including in Tanzania where it has reached over 400,000 users in Tanzania, most whom are under 30. I now focus on packaging, publishing and disseminating evidence on digital health for FP.

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 would like to use the platform and funds from 120 under 40 to help support local organizations dedicated to expanding access to quality FP services. Among my top picks would be working with an organization in Senegal to offer emergency contraceptives at the community level or supporting World Vasectomy Day’s efforts to break-down barriers to this highly effective contraceptive method.

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