Omolara Aluko, a family planning and contraception educator is the 2017 winner of “120 Under 40,” Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health Award.
The award recognizes the next generation of family planning leaders, who are creating awareness on the benefits of family planning.
40 people who were nominated for the award, Omolara, a team member of DKT Nigeria, one of the largest private providers of family planning and reproductive health products and services, won.
Being a teenager’s teacher for about 15 years was an eye-opener for Omolara, who lost 5 students to death from complications from an unsafe abortion.
With a feeling of guilt and disappointment in herself, Omolara started a programme on sex and contraceptive education.
She also started a weekly 30 minutes radio/ TV programmes that discuss at length, the different methods of contraceptives, as well as giving users of contraceptives, the opportunity to share their experiences on radio.
With her $1000 grant prize, Omolara will “develop an affordable, attractive and youth friendly Z- card flier that contains in-depth information on all methods of contraceptives, how it works, its benefits, the likely side effects to expect, the fact about the myths around contraceptives and counseling help lines that is confidential and non-judgmental. This z-card will be distributed to schools for students to have as the contraceptive guide and the guide will also provide a youth-friendly website for more details.”
See her nominee page here.