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Ugonnaya Caleb Ugwuowo

Ugonnaya Caleb Ugwuowo - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical doctor (Senior Resident)
Organization: Lagos University Teaching Hospital
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Master of Public health from University of Essex, Colchester
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Meta-analysis Fellowship, Stanford University (Trialect)
Training and Learning Programs for Volunteer Community Health Workers Johns Hopkins University.
Environment and Peace Course, United Nations University for Peace.
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Certification for Biomedical Research
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Social Impact Award for Sub-Saharan Africa
    Awarding Organization:
    British Council
    Date Awarded:
    April 19, 2018
  • Award:
    Global Finalist
    Awarding Organization:
    British Council
    Date Awarded:
    April 19, 2018
  • Award:
    Commendation Award
    Awarding Organization:
    National Youth Service Corps, Lagos.
    Date Awarded:
    June 24, 2012
75 Public Votes Reached!
For the past six years she has worked with a team of physicians to provide family planning services and other preventive care services to over 10,000 patients at minimal costs in a community health clinic. She has worked on research in sexual health – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Prior to my current position, I volunteered at one of the largest Human Immuno-deficiency Virus clinic in Lagos State to provide clinical, supportive and preventive services such as family planning counseling to over 500 individuals living with HIV.
For six years, I have worked as a public health resident in a community health clinic and through community outreaches provided family planning services by counseling and educating 10,000 patients and the community annually on the different family planning methods to help them make an informed choice, dispelling prevailing misconceptions and myths in my community concerning family planning, providing and administering family planning products.
I have supervised over 5000 medical students, nurses, midwives, and CHOs in reproductive health.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The high number of deaths from unsafe abortion among my female schoolmates during my undergraduate years. These deaths could have been prevented. Family planning is an invaluable advancement that gives one the ability to decide if and when they want to have children. It also often serves as an introductory point for women into the healthcare system. I often refer to it as a life-saving commodity for women, who are often the pillars of families and communities in a developing country like mine.

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

I have mentored and supervised junior resident doctors in the provision of family planning services to over 10,000 patients annually at a minimal cost. I have also supervised and trained medical students on rotation to my clinic, taught and supervised student nurses, midwives and community health officers in reproductive health and family planning. Secondly, I have contributed to existing knowledge by serving as Co-investigator on an HIV research that tracked patients who were lost to follow-up.

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 hope to carry out implementation research that will expand knowledge and create a dialogue on unsafe abortion as well as train young peer educators to become family planning champions in their communities.
I also hope to create a mentorship program between the trained physicians in my community health clinic and the young family planning champions.

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