Yen Sim Kuek

Yen Sim Kuek - 2016 Nominee
Position: Senior Accreditation Officer
Organization: International Planned Parenthood Federation (ESEAOR)
Yen Sim has been involved in the field of family planning in Malaysia for the past 10 years in national level family planning programmes, especially in serving the poor, marginalised, socially excluded, and underserved communities in Malaysia. – Juliana Ooi, Volunteer at Selangor & KL Family Reproductive Health Association
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been working in the past ten years to strengthen and support programmes and projects that provide family planning and reproductive health services to marginalized communities where it is most lacking such as sex workers, drug users, juveniles, refugees and migrant workers. I have also through the current job provided technical assistance to and conducted accreditation reviews on family planning associations located in East, South East Asia and Oceania region such as Myanmar, Laos, Tonga, Kiribati, Samoa to strengthen governance, management, strategic direction and programme of the associations, leading to effective delivery of family planning to women and girls. This has in turn synergized government efforts in achieving MDGs to reduce maternal and child mortality.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

There are pockets of society in Malaysia like sex workers, undocumented immigrants and unmarried young people who family planning needs are neglected, despite the fast growing economy. Family planning can change their lives by allowing them to attain good health, enjoy good quality of personal and family life as well as improving their economy status. Seeing those who are in need receive family planning and other health services they deserve, leading to life changing continue to inspire me.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Inequity in access to family planning due to national law and policies posts the biggest challenge in my country.

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