isaacolufadewa

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Isaac Olufadewa

Studies:
University of Ibadan

I am passionate about

I have a passion for Public Health/Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Technology/ICT use in Medicine. During my early teens, my teenage cousin had an unplanned pregnancy and a young teenage friend died from complications following an unsafe abortion. After gaining admission to study Medicine and Surgery in Nigeria's Premier University (University of Ibadan), my personal experiences at a young age fueled my passion to become a young leader in Public Health/SRHR. About 30% of Nigeria’s total population estimated at about 180 million are young people between the ages of 10 and 24, but many of them are vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs/HIV), unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion and death due to lack of sexual health information and services. And even though Nigeria’s population is about 2% of the world’s population, she contributes about 10% of the world’s maternal mortality. Underneath all these sad statistics lie the pain of human tragedy and the frustration of national stagnation. I decided to be part of the solution and not the problem by working on Public Health/Reproductive Health and using ICT in Medicine because many young people can be reached with the immense power of technology to deliver health education using social media, Chatbots, Mobile Applications among others with the main goal to change this sad narrative from a 'sickcare' system to a 'proactive' care system and contribute to the healing of a population and not just focus on the individual patient that the clinical setting offers.

Actions

For over 8 years now, I have consistently worked on Adolescent Reproductive & Maternal Health Issues through volunteering with organizations and as the Founder, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), where we take healthcare to under-served African communities) and as General Secretary of Pan African Reproductive Health Young Scientists Association (PARHYSA). As a medical doctor, I have developed my skills in Reproductive Health advocacy, research and resource mobilization while devising innovative solutions to address the health challenges in sub-urban and rural communities across several states of Nigeria. Leveraging on various opportunities and platforms, most particularly that of Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) www.srhin.org, a network of dynamic and diverse health professionals/volunteers from several African countries with the aim of providing quality reproductive healthcare information and services to under-served areas. I have spearheaded health sensitizations, outreaches and screening programs geared towards transforming awareness levels of reproductive health issues such as Family Planning, Sex Education etc. Through the organization’s activities, I have midwifed transformational change by providing reproductive health materials and also conducted HIV screenings in various communities especially rural areas and urban slums. We are currently levaraging on the immense power of technology using Apps, Social Media, Chatbots etc to promote delivery of healthcare information to young people. My strong leadership and academic excellence has earned me several awards including The Pan African University Scholarship Award in 2017 (Africa's premier continental university, an Initiative of the African Union); 'Letter of Commendation Award' in 2017 by the Commanding Officer 12 Field Engineer Regiment, Nigerian Army; The Literary and Debating Society 'Award for Excellence' in 2015 (presented by the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ibadan) among others.