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Family Planning: Pharm Billy Shoaga Norminated by John Hopkins

Family Planning: Pharm Billy Shoaga Norminated by John Hopkins

A Nigerian, Pharmacist Billy Shoaga has been nominated by John Hopkins for an award in family planning

Detailing calls using the PBCC model. FP Counseling Seminars to providers using the BCS Plus model & MEC for Contraceptive Use. Referred providers interested in LARC for training. Integrated redistribution of FP commodities malaria & HIV/AIDS events.Nominator

Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.
Private practitioners integratred Family Planning (FP) services with existing maternal & child health services.

Successfully dispelled myths & misconceptions surrounding family planning.
Improved male involvement & support to women seeking FP.
Encouraged practitioners to initiate provision of FP services.
Upgraded & updated database of service delivery points (SDPs) to improve access & availability of FP commodities.
Referred providers interested in the provision of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) for training.
Upgraded & updated database of SDPs to improve access & availability of FP commodities.
Integrated the redistribution of FP commodities into malaria & HIV/AIDS interventions.
Managed regional depots, wholesalers, sub-wholesalers & SDPs.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning (FP) was sparked when I realized the benefits Family Planning (FP) to the father, mother, children, and by extension to the community, government and nation.
The benefits of FP goes beyond the medical and health aspect and offers potential socioeconomic benefits to individuals with the ability to improve the quality and standard of living of mothers, fathers and children.
FP is an available tool which can be used to uplift people in developing countries.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The level of misinformation I encountered when I implemented Family Planning (FP) interventions was alarming. I observed that this was due to factors including ignorance, low level of education, cultural & religious barriers & prior negative experience with FP use
The tools I used focused on education, patience, culturally sensitive communication, celebration of little success, community involvement, advocacy to community leaders & gatekeepers, updating the knowledge & behaviors of FP providers

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

In Nigeria, giant strides have been made in dispelling the reservations people have towards contraceptives, the level of public discuss around family planning can be greatly improved
The use of various media (online, mass & print) can be used to address this deficiency. The use of mobile phones (e.g. social media & online resources) can be particularly harnessed to provide accurate, timely and age appropriate information. This can be achieved still maintaining society’s respect of sexual matter

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I would love to execute a family planning (FP) intervention that targets women of reproductive age in remote locations in Nigeria who are not currently using a family planning method.
Air radio drama which addresses local FP issues presented in a manner listeners can relate to and preferably in local dialect.
Establish online interactive platforms that presents information on FP in a simple, easy to understand manner.
Equip health practitioners to make a greater impact in FP.

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