World Population Day Webinar

The aim of World Population Day is to raise awareness about the sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) needs of women and girls during the pandemic, to highlight how their rights can be safeguarded, and to explore how to maintain the momentum towards achieving the SDGs by 2030. The theme for World Population Day is ‘Putting the breaks on COVID19: How to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now”. The topic for the webinar organized by Centre for Communication and Social Impact is “Influencing Sexual and Reproductive Health Behaviour in the COVID19 pandemic”.

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Meet the Panelists

We have an amazing line-up of speakers, click the images below to find out more about who they are and what they do!
Director, Reproductive Health, FMoH

Dr Kayode Afolabi M.B;B.S F.W.A.C.S (O&G)

Dr Kayode Afolabi holds a Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He has 30 years’ experience in the field of Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) in Nigeria. Within this period, he worked as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital and the University College Hospital, both in Ibadan. He also served the Oyo State Government of Nigeria as a Honourable Commissioner of Health.

Currently, Dr. Kayode Afolabi provides leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health System Strengthening, Government Policy Development & Implementation; and Development/Humanitarian Programme Management in RMNCAH towards improving health of the mother, adolescent and the under five children in Nigeria. He has recorded notable achievements on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights working with Civil Society Organisations, United Nations Agencies, Donors and Implementing Partners as the Director and Head, Reproductive Health Division of the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria. His skills and experience cover Demand Generation; Human Capacity Development; Advocacy and Partnerships Building with Governments, Donors, Bilateral Institutions, Academic, Private Sector, Civil Society and UN Agencies. Resource Mobilization, Operational and Technical Management of complex Federal/State Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes and Policy Development are his areas of strength.  Dr Kayode Afolabi also has skills and experience in coordinating development of National and State level Guidelines, State-specific Costed Implementation Plan/Execution Strategy, Service Protocol and documenting achievements as well as best practices.

His Strategic Leadership and Coordination of Stakeholders entail Planning, Guidance and Management of Government/Donor Resources for effective implementation of Programmes and Performance Management at state and National levels towards achieving related Sustainable Development Goals.

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Technical Director Programs, JHCCP/NURHI 2 project

Dr. Saratu Olabode-Ojo

Saratu Olabode-Ojo is a highly creative and energetic public health practitioner with over 16 years field-work experience at the national, state and local government levels. She has a high level of expertise in developing and implementing health programs in both the private and public health sectors, developing strategic health communication materials, providing technical assistance support and building the capacity of health service providers and other key stakeholders. Her areas of expertise include primary healthcare, SRH/FP, MNCH, PMTCT/ART and gender programs.

Saratu is passionate about delivering high-quality patient care services especially for marginalised sub-populations such as women who face social, economic and cultural challenges in accessing health care services. Her background in public health includes health systems strengthening, quality improvement, health research, partner coordination and collaborating with government, donors (both local and international) and other key stakeholders. Saratu has a track record of executing result-oriented developmental health projects and optimizing healthcare delivery.

International Development Professional/ AYSRH Expert / Founder, Stand With A Girl (SWAG) Initiative

Margaret Bolaji-Adegbola

Margaret Bolaji is an International Development Professional and an articulate voice on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria.

She recently worked as a youth program advisor with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs FP Portfolio in Nigeria where she led the portfolio’s design of integrated, innovative and intentional youth and adolescent-focused sexual and reproductive health interventions.

She also worked with Population and Reproductive Health Initiative in Northern Nigeria for five years where she empowered over 10, 000 marginalized adolescent girls with sexual health and reproductive health and rights, literacy and life skills.

Margaret served as the inaugural youth representative on FP2020’s Reference Group where she shone a spotlight on the unique SRH needs of young people and adolescents. She is also a member of the international Youth Alliance on Family Planning (IYAFP) in Nigeria and served on WHO’s External Advisory Group of the Global AA-HA Framework.

Margaret has represented youth at local, national and global conferences, meetings and submits, championing the SRH including Family Planning rights of girls and young people. She was among the 47 young people from around the world selected to speak at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia in 2016. She is one of 120 under 40 winners – New Generation of Family Planning Leaders.

Margaret founded Stand With A Girl (SWAG) Initiative dedicated to ensuring that every girl in Nigeria no matter where she is born or found is empowered to fulfill her maximum potentials by promoting a safe and supportive environment for the social, economic, academic and healthy development of girls in Nigeria.

Margaret has a Masters in Policy and Development Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and completed a Global Health Leadership Accelerator Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA in 2019.

Deputy Project Director Breakthrough ACTION-Nigeria

Dr Shittu Abdu-Aguye

Shittu Abdu-Aguye is a public health physician with more than 16 years of clinical and health development program implementation experience. He has played key roles on implementation of several maternal, newborn and child health programs in multiple states across Nigeria, providing technical and programmatic leadership on RH/FP and MNCH intervention projects. He is currently the Deputy Project Director on USAID’s Breakthrough ACTION project on Nigeria, leading on integrated social behavior change (SBC) and family planning interventions.

Programme officer, Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI)

Adenike Ayodele

Adenike is a Programme officer at the Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI), providing support to projects implementing strategic behaviour change interventions. She has extensive experience in family planning programming, having worked on the first and second phase of the NURHI (Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative) project and currently supporting the RASuDiN project. Adenike also supports interventions in other thematic areas across health and social development in CCSI.

Adenike’s work experience in the health sector spans across Nigeria and the United Kingdom, where she worked in the Cervical Cancer Screening Programme of the National Health Service. She has spent the last 15 years working to improve the health indices of the most vulnerable people and actively promotes empowering individuals with information that helps them change behaviors towards living full and healthy lives.