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.