Ugenyi Iloabachie

Ugenyi Iloabachie - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor(Public Health Physician)
Organization: University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
Current Location: Nigeria, (West) Africa
MPH (in view)
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
M. B. B. S.
75 Public Votes Reached!
Dr. Ugenyi is very passionate about Maternal and Child Health among the impoverished underserved populace in general. This has led her to serve both as a Lead Programmer and Researcher in Family Planning over the last 7 years in South-Eastern Nigeria – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am fortunate to have served in both the Private and Public Health Sectors in Nigeria. Firstly, with a DfID-funded project to strengthen the Nigerian HS, then with the foremost indigenous NGO, I was able to, in my capacity as the Head of the Women’s Health Project in the 3 most populous states of South-Eastern Nigeria (Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States)
• Provide technical leadership to over 50 supported Private and Faith-Based Health Facilities across the 3 states. This included; building the capacity of the health care providers and ensure provision of necessary equipment and commodities and ensuring sustainability by performing monthly Supportive Supervisory Visits. This led to an average of about 380 new LARC uptakes each month, an increase of about 70% (including PPIUD insertion)

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for FP is continuously fueled by the:
• high number of young girls in our community I meet with complications - physical and mental of improperly done (illegal) termination of pregnancies who I feel would have led better lives had they been made aware of family planning,
• and because I’m an ardent believer in “children by CHOICE not by chance” I believe in expanding access to effective contraceptives will serve as a cost effective intervention to improve MNCH indices

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

At community level,
• I have taken the lead on advocacy visits to traditional & religious leaders
•trained, monitored and mentored >100 InterPersonal Communicators who go into the communities to dialogue & create demand for FP
At Facility level,
• responsible for the training & on-site mentoring of >200 Health workers of different cadres in both Public & PrivateFacilities
And as a Senior Registrar in a Govt Hosp., I’m involved in training of >200 Medical Students

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? :

My priority would be reaching the adolescents in our community because they are the real “underserved” population presently. I believe the “title” would lead to open doors with the appropriate stakeholders. It would be of interest to me to be able to fund some research to determine facilitators and barriers to their uptake of FP as a study group and use the information gathered to design interventions that would create an enabling environment and improve access to effective FP methods

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