Vitus Atanga Atuah

Vitus Atanga Atuah - 2019 Nominee
Position: Programme Assistant Reproductive Health
Organization: UNFPA
Current Location: Ghana, Accra
MPH ( Health promotion and community Health) from American University of Beirut.
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts; Integrated Development Studies ( Economics)
Certificate ; Gender Mainstreaming, University of Costa Rica
Certificate:Building a Better Response to force migration and humanitarian crisis,E-Learning, Harvard University.
Certificate: Use of Intervention Mapping for designing Health promotion intervention, Maastricht University and Youth Harvest Foundation, Jan 2015.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), RFSU (SIDA) Tamale. May 2015

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Mastercard Scholars
    Awarding Organization:
    Mastercard Scholarship Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    June 15, 2016
  • Award:
    Gamma Delta Omega Chapter for Public Health
    Awarding Organization:
    American University of Beirut
    Date Awarded:
    June 14, 2018
The use of human centered approach to programming has afforded beneficiaries to voice out myths and misconceptions. This has informed programming to address these misconceptions. As a result, family planning uptake among young has improved. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I coordinated the implementation of various innovative advocacy strategies that won the support of stakeholders for inclusion of Comprehensive Sexuality Education(CSE) in 210 schools in Northern Ghana in 2014. I organize community durbars and facilitated training of teachers, media, and CSOs and Peer Educators on CSE. About 10000 young people were reach with SRHR information which led to a reduction in risky sexual behavior and increased family planning uptake in the target areas. About 50 school health clubs were established in the region. I coordinate Regional Technical Working Group meetings on Contraceptive Commodity Security , and inspect quality of contraceptives commodities procured by UNFPA before distribution.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Its stems from the many experiences I had while growing up. I grew up in a conservative society with the mindset that to talk about issues of sex means one is not cultured. Yet i had brilliant colleagues who dropped out of school because they got pregnant. In 2007, I got touched by the plight of a 13-year mother in a rural community I was staying. I saw how teenage pregnancy was perpetuating poverty in this community. These experiences contributed to engraved my interest in SRHR/FP.

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

As Natugnia youth Association Chairperson, i led the group to initiate a monthly community durbar where nurses and CSOs are invited to provide SRHR/FP education and services to community members.I supported colleagues to use human centered approach to plan, and organize SRHR/ FP outreaches through which about 2000 PWDs were provided SRHR/Family Planning services.I introduced Inter School quizes as an innovative way to reach adolescents with SRHR/FP 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? :

It will give me a great opportunity to network with various experts in the field, learn and share experiences. Besides i would use the grant and leverage other resources to conduct training on disability friendly services for health service providers. It would also enabled me introduce a Virtual Video App in selected health facilities to bridge communication gap between the health service provider and the hearing impaired through a certified interpreter.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Discussion SRHR with Peer Educators. Attending a SRHR regional advocacy dialogue in Volta region of Ghana. Engaging stakeholders on the importance of family planning for women and girls

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