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Valerie Etoundi Ada

Valerie Etoundi Ada - 2019 Nominee
Position: Public Health Pharmacist/Logistic and supply chain manager
Organization: Ministry of health
Current Location: Yaounde
Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from Public health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Master in Public Health, MPH
Certificate in Public Management
Certificate in Medical Logistics
75 Public Votes Reached!
Ensure uninterrupted availability of contraceptives nationwide Put in place a central technical working group to discuss on contraceptives security and coordinate regional committees Focal point for contraceptives supply chain and PPMR for Cameroon – Seidou Moluh, Director of reproductive health unit at Ministry of health
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I've put in place a mechanism to make available contraceptives products in more than 80% of public health facilities in Cameroon. This had as result to completely reduced the over-stock and expiry of products in the central warehouse and the out of stock in the periphery.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

What motivates me to work in family planning is the increasing maternal mortality rate in my country. This is mainly due to limited access to quality health services and poverty.
For me, if every women has the possibility to decide when to give birth, it will reduce this mortality since she will better prepare the arrival of the newborn, both financially and all the logistics around having access to quality health services.
So I provide them with information and products to help them decide.

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

I displayed my leadership first of all amongst health professionals to make them accept the importance of providing the full range of contraceptives products in their facilities at every moment.
Secondly amongst the general population so that they understand that family planning is not about not giving birth or having a limited number of children but is about deciding when to have a baby. I also made them to adhere to modern contraceptives methods by providing the necessary information.

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 I'm a winner of 120 under 40, I'll use this platform to share the work we do in family planning in my country, to discuss with others on difficulties we encounter and propose solutions to some issues where I have experience. The $1000 grant will help us reach some remotes areas that are not yet included in our network to provide contraceptives and information on planning family. I will organise an advocacy diner with stakeholders to support our actions in colleges and universities for youths.

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