Victoria Adepoju

Victoria Adepoju - 2019 Nominee
Position: Medical Doctor/Project Lead
Organization: African Development and Empowerment Foundation (AfricanDEF)
Current Location: Nigeria, Nigeria, West Africa
MBChB from College of Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate of Completion, Management and Leadership: Leading a Team, The Open University, UK and Chartered Management Institute
Certificate of Achievement, Global Health and Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and International Center for Evidence in Disability
Certificate of Completion, Video Production for Journalists in the Digital Age, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
Certificate of Participation, Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) Youth Voices Demand for LARCs Training Program
Certificate of Attendance, Malaria Control Program, Oyo State Ministry of Health
Certificate of Completion, Occupational Health Course, Institute of Occupational health, Oyo State Ministry of Health, Ibadan, Nigeria
Certificate of Completion, Community Health Extention Workers Course, School of Hygiene, Eleyele, Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Award of Excellence in Community Service
    Awarding Organization:
    Date Awarded:
    October 12, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Mid-2018, my nominee was selected to host the first satellite event in Nigeria for the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). This led to successful approach towards including birth attendant in the delivery of family planning services. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Dr Victoria Adepoju, through the African Development and Empowerment Foundation (AfricanDEF) in partnership with the state government through the ministry of health is working to integrate the community birth attendants into the state’s family planning ecosystem as last-mile ambassadors in the communities. A total of 4,600 CBAs have been trained on how to identify early signs of danger in pregnancy and to provide basic family planning services, with 3,384 Family planning referrals till date.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Seeing poor women listen, ask questions, and open their minds to family planning fuel my work in addition to gains of reducing unwanted pregnancies, complications of pregnancy, and, ultimately, maternal deaths in Nigeria.
I am able to reach women in the neglected communities by working with the community birth attendants who are enthusiastic and are willing to learn as much as they can if given the opportunity.

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

I championed the integration of Community birth attendants (CBAs) in Oyo state, southwest Nigeria, into the government’s family planning strategies. I organised the Nigeria Satellite Event for the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) on World Contraceptive Day 2018. It was held in Nigeria’s fourth largest city of Oyo state. Since then, I have been serving as the link between the CBA’s patients and the primary health care centers for family planning services.

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 am named a winner of 120 under 40, I will use the money to train more Community Birth Attendants (CBAs) to become last mile family planning advocates in the community. They are viewed as the healthcare saviour of the youth and mothers in Nigeria's rural communities.
With the fund, I will be able to train and empower 500 CBAs on family planning advocacy and provision, in 22 wards within 4 local Government Area in Oyo State, Nigeria.

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