The Academy for Health Development (AHEAD) in conjunction with the Partnership For Advocacy in Child and Family Health @ Scale (PASA) organised the 1st edition of the Professor BabatundeOsotimehin Legacy Forum. It was held on the 19th of July, 2019 at the Conference Centre in the University of Ibadan.
In her remarks, Mrs FunkeOsotimehin advocated for the education of Family Planning to be extended to not just young and teenage girls, but also to their mothers.
In his goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of health, through his representative Dr KayodeAfolabi recognized the contributions of Prof.Osotimehin to the health sector through his leadership at the National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA), as the Honourable Minister of Health, and as the UNFPA Executive Director. He said the FMOH is committed to ensuring Nigeria achieves the modern contraceptive prevalence rate of 27% by the year 2020.
Dr Omolola Omosehin, speaking on behalf of the UNFPA said the organization would remember Prof.Osotimehin for his tenacious advocacy for the health of women, for gender equality and youth and women empowerment. He described Prof.Osotimehin as a man of vision who was politically astute and incredibly eloquent.
Other goodwill messages came in from guests present, like the Provost of the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan and the former Vice-Chancellor of Igbenedion University, Professor EghosaOsarumen.
Prof.Otolorin who delivered the keynote address talked about a lot of family planning variables and their impact on the country. He said our rapid population growth is a barrier to our development as our economy is growing below the population growth rate. He identified an inverse relationship between the rate of contraception use and degree of education and economic status and emphasized the needs to improve the numbers.
Discussions by the panel made up of state and private actors in the Family Planning sector surrounded issues such as adopting a multi-sectorial sector-wide approach to implementing administrative and financial policies, public health financing, the role of the private sector in advocacy and implementation of family planning, the factors that affect the use of contraceptives among young people, innovations in the uptake and use of family planning methods and the need for collaboration rather than competition in the advancement of family planning goals.
VOICES FROM THE FIELD
Private organizations and Civil Society Organizations also presented their works and researches around family planning advocacy and implementation across the country.
The Forum came to an end with a launch of a special edition of the African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences Supplement. The edition holds works of about 30 authors and was compiled in honour of Prof.Osotimehin who was a one-time editor of the journal.
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!
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* 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!
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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.