On the 19th of July, we gathered together in Ibadan for an historic moment – the 1st Prof Babatunde Osotimehin Legacy Forum, where we celebrated a great Nigerian and a global icon, affirmed his exciting legacy of impact in the arena of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and contributed thoughts and ideas on how to move our nation forward in the area of family planning in line with the passion of the man we continue to celebrate, Prof Babatunde Osotimehin.
This year’s meeting, “Family Planning 2020 Goal: Whither Nigeria?” was well attended with over 400 attendees from across Nigeria and beyond. The 1-day event was packed with the agenda of driving progress in Family Planning in Nigeria, building on the Legacy of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin. The event, chaired by Prof. Ojengbede, a Consultant in Obstetrics/Gynaecology and the Director of the Center for Population and Reproductive Health at the College Of Medicine, University of Ibadan, was applauded by the participants as a course in the right direction as it will help the country to better improve in her commitments towards the FP2020 goals. The forum captioned robust panel discussions, voices from the field of Family Planning, Goodwill messages from Key players in the sector and the Government, Launching of the Commemorative Edition of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin articles and an outstanding and well received Lecture delivered by Prof. Emmanuel Otolorin, the Nigeria Country Director of Jhpiego.
AHEAD President, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi opened the meeting with a warm welcome and went on to discuss the importance of the forum, he encouraged all to be part of the drive towards achieving the Family planning 2020 goals in Nigeria. He also highlighted that the forum will be an annual event, hence the next edition will hold in 2020.
Academy for Health Development wishes to use this medium to sincerely thank all the PBOLF partners -PACFaH@Scale, dRPC, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, and Paaneah Foundation for making the event a success. Also, on behalf of all the partners, we hereby sincerely thank you all for your contributions to the success of the event.
A review of the 1st Professor Babatunde Osotimehin Legacy Forum would not be complete without highlighting the camaraderie and warm collegiality among discussants at the event.
PHOTOS FROM THE 1ST PROFESSOR BABATUNDE OSOTIMEHIN LEGACY FORUM
We look forward to your contribution to and participation in next year’s event, which promises to be more exciting still.
ADVANCING ADOLESCENT AND YOUTH REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ADVOCACY IN NIGERIA THROUGH EVIDENCE-BASED FAMILY AND LIFE PLANNING INITIATIVES (PROJECT AAYRHAN)
A call for expression of interest is being made to youth organisations based in Lagos, with over 10 members, who are engaged in young people programme implementation; youth sexual and reproductive health; HIV/AIDS, family planning and youth advocacy. Eligible organisations with track record that meets the stated criteria should apply. A team of 40 young people would be chosen from across organisations to build the Family Planning Youth Advocates for the project.
Comprehensive training on leadership skills, developing high impact action plans, Lagos State family planning policies and programmes, developing an issue brief and policy brief on family planning issues in Lagos, amongst others, would be held for the Family Planning Youth Advocates. Furthermore, the Youth Advocates would be engaged in programme implementation, conducting research, advocacy visits to policymakers and duty bearers on Family planning in Lagos State during the period of the project.
We believe that if the capacity of young people and organisations with potentials for impact in the Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) field is built in identifying, tracking and advocating for youth focused family planning policies in Lagos, then there would be (i) more empowered young people with capacity to drive relevant changes and influence their peers, (ii) awareness and monitoring of the implementation of youth related family planning policies in Lagos, and (iii) effective implementation and accountability of youth related family planning policies in Lagos State.
INSTRUCTION TO PARTICIPATE
* Advocate organisation must have made significant contributions to family planning in any of the following categories: Advocacy, Programming/Program Implementation, Research, Service Delivery, Demand Generation, Policy/Government, Media
* Advocate organisation must have staff within the age range of 15 – 30 years old
* Advocate organisation must be committed to release selected staff for project activities within Lagos whenever is required within the project time line of July 2019 to December 2019
2. RECORD A MINUTE PITCH (VIDEO) HIGHLIGHTING HOW YOUR ORGANISATION HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO FAMILY PLANNING IN ANY OF THE CATEGORIES ABOVE!
* Follow us @ahead_nigeria on our Social platforms,
* Tag us in your video using hashtag #AheadFPAdvocate
3. Download Statement of Support and Signatures of Head and Key Persons in the Organisation Here. It’s a prequisite for submitting your form!
FILL THE FORM BELOW!
Academy for Health Development in partnership with Paaneah Foundation, Nigeria commemorated World TB Day 2018 themed “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World” by organising local events to raise awareness about tuberculosis, including the importance of getting tested, adhering to treatment, and the need for new technologies to address the epidemic.
In Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, the team stormed the schools, market places and parks for a week-long campaign to commemorate the World Tuberculosis Day. School students, traders, drivers and members of the community were trained on the subject of tuberculosis. They were enlightened on the life-threatening nature of tuberculosis and the importance of getting tested and adhering to treatment. We provided platforms for participants to ask pertinent questions which ultimately have a bearing on the quality of life they would live. They were also enlightened on important facts about tuberculosis, while myths surrounding tuberculosis were dispelled.
Following the campaign, in conjunction with the TB team of the Local Government we conducted a free TB/HIV screening exercise. Furthermore students, and other members of the community suspected to have TB were requested to provide samples of their sputum for more comprehensive tests and follow-up.
The program was so impactful that the community leaders and school heads expressed immense gratitude to AHEAD for taking up the initiative to commemorate such event for the benefit of the community. In an interview with one of the students, who were the beneficiaries of the event, she noted that the event of the day widened her knowledge about TB. Majority of the students disclosed that prior to the program they had no knowledge on the subject matter of TB and the key facts. They expressed their desire that more of such platforms be created especially for vulnerable populations who are not privileged to assess quality information.