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Building and planning for SRH emergency preparedness in konduga and Magumeri local government areas in Borno State, Nigeria.

PPFN seeks to build SRH services and information preparedness against Boko Haram emergencies in BORNO State, Nigeria.

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

During persistent Boko Haram attacks in Konduga and Magumeri local government areas in BORNO State, Nigeria. Young women, pregnant women and adolescent girls are the most affected as their sexual and reproductive health needs are overlooked during emergency response, and these needs are staggering, which has led to life threatening complications amongst pregnant women in turn leading to maternal mortality due to lack of access to SRH services during emergencies. Young girls are exposed to sexual violence and exploitation and their hygiene and dignity become neglected. This problems arises as result of the lack of planning for SRH emergency preparedness at the community level. This is the main problem my idea seek to remedy in these region

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

I do wonder why SRH is not being seen as a public health concern, as priority isn't given to it from the national emergency planning to even the community level and data supports the fact that it is the one of the leading cause of death in emergencies. Again the lack of proactiveness by stakeholders to deal with SRH emergencies from the root rather than tackling the aftermath, I. E planning to avert the result of SRH emergencies before disaster strikes.

Explain Your Idea

My idea towards combating the lack of SRH preparedness against crises in these 2 local government area is a 3 way approach I have names C.A.C an abbreviation for Coordination, advocacy and capacity building. Capacity building : my organization hope to train both local health workers and traditional birth attendants on how they can best provide minimum initial service package (MISP) to women and girls in these locality in the wake of attack. These training will also build them on how they can offer youth friendly SRH services and information to adolescent girls and young women. Young women and girls will be trained on Sex Education, so they can become peer educators before ,during and after the crised Advocacy: we will lead persistent advocacy effort to policymakers for SRH to be integrated in their emergency preparedness action plan. Coordination : this will be carried out at the community level, through our partnership with UNFPA to stockpile, order and disseminate, delivery kits to pregnant women, hygiene and dignity kit to girls and young women. Through our network we will get SRH supplies and deposit in this locality awaiting attacks. At this stage we hope to identify and educate most at risk adolescent population on their SRHR. At this phase also we will then review, adapt develop IEC materials for SRH in emergencies and also strategize on communication channels to reach adolescents at the onset of emergencies.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

The minimum initial service package (MISP) for SRH is the standard of care for SRH in humanitarian setting. By training local health workers and TBAs in this locality on MISP as part of SRH preparedness we aim to prevent and respond to sexual violence, reduce HIV transmission, prevent maternal mortality, and plan for more comprehensive services as situation permits. Through persistent advocacy we hope to guide decision makers in integrating SRH into emergency preparedness. Lastly by our SRH preparedness coordination we hope to bring SRH services, supplies and information closer to these locals in preparation of when next terrorists strike. Our strategization will go along way in preparing the locals for crises and securing their SRHR

How is your idea unique?

Clearly from our multifaceted approach to SRH preparedness in these conflict prone areas, we can solve different SRH problems occurring in emergencies using limited resources. Again our focus on strengthening local solutions means our response are sustainable. It is pertinent to note that the locals themselves are the first responders in a crises , by training them and strethening their abilities we are building sustainable solutions. Lastly this action plan is to be implemented by the Planned Parenthood federation of Nigeria, BORNO Chapter and due to the fact that we have established our place as a leading provider of SRHR services in Nigeria and having established partnership ties with UNFPA it gives us a better advantage in implementing our solution.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

We are concerned about using this project as a model in convincing decision makers on why they MUST include SRH in National emergency preparedness action plan. We are developing an evidenced based method for identifying most at risk adolescents as this are the most vulnerable in an emergency and will be added to the priority list along with pregnant women. Just less than 9% of the total population of our end users speak English. Religious background in these locale will be a great influence

Who are your end users?

Our main beneficiaries of these projects would be women and young girls who live n both local government areas. This project is set to reach 619 pregnant women present in both local government, over 9800 young women and girls aged 10-35 years. This data was gotten during our recent needs assessment at both LGAs. These beneficiaries are at risk of Boko Haram attacks, some of them have lost husbands, children and lived one to previous attack. During impending attacks these beneficiaries need and desire for family planning and other SRH services are increased but barriers to them accessing these services are simultaneously increased. Our solution will stem this evil and provide SRH services to these persons even in the midst of attacks.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Nigeria

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Community at risk of disaster

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

Konduga and Magumeri LGAs are 2 rural regions in Borno State comprising over 12 villages. These LGAs have done under repeated Boko Haram terrorist attacks since 2015. Locals in these places are relocated to IDP camp and after some time there after are allowed to resettle in their original locale and again terrorize out of their home. It has been a vicious cycle for them. There are presently 3 IDP camps in these LGAs. There is a low level of literacy in this locality and low SRH service offering.

What is your organization's name?

Youth action movement (YAM) (the youth arm of) Planned Parenthood federation of Nigeria (PPFN)

Tell us more about you.

My name is Offor Hope Jeremiah, a recent graduate of the prestigious University of Benin, studied Medical laboratory Science. Am a driven young Man who is passionate about young people sexual and reproductive health and rights. As I believe that protecting their sexual and reproductive gate will help drive the demographic dividend. I presently work with Planned Parenthood federation of Nigeria as a program manager in Borno State, Nigeria. Edo State precisely. My parent organization; Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria is the leading provider of SRHR services in Nigeria. We have been instrumental in increasing young people access to SRHR services and information in Nigeria. We are able and qualified to implement our solution in Borno

Organizational Characteristics

  • Indigenous-led organization
  • Youth-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Community - 1+ communities within 1 country

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location

PPFN was founded in the late 1950s in Nigeria and has offices in the 36 States of Nigeria with the National office stationed in Abuja. I and my team are based in Borno State.

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.


How has your idea changed based on feedback?

Due to our commitment to improving the SRHR of women and girls in these communities susceptible to terrorist attacks, we went into these villages to conduct an open group interview/further research on our idea. The feedback we got both on these platform and during our interview with the beneficiaries were very insightful. 1. The beneficiaries were very much enthusiastic and optimistic about the success and impact of the training component of our multifaceted approach, feedback on this expanded our training idea to reach more persons such as rural young women and girls who would serve as the cascade trainers in training other women and girls about their SRH education. 2.During our feedback phase we got to learn that religious and traditional leaders in this communities place a crucial role in helping to build preparedness while breaking barriers to women and girls accessing SRH services, and we have incorporated the recognition of this fact into the design of our idea.

Who will implement this idea?

Our team from PPFN working on this idea is composed of 9 individual including my self who is the project focal person. With this team, PPFN (a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation International) is sure ready to implement this idea in Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria. All team members are stationed in Borno State, being full-time staff of PPFN, they will commit to this project full time too. Also we have a teeming population of youth volunteers(86% females) working with us in Borno State. This idea will be implemented in partnership with UNFPA Nigeria as they will help provide the dignity kits and other SRH supplies to be used in our approach. This has be made possible due to our treasured relationship working with them for the past 22 years.

Using a human-centered design approach, you may uncover insights that lead to small or foundational changes to your organization’s existing strategy or processes in order to unlock the potential of your idea. How would your organization go about making such changes?

Here at PPFN there is a central working committee that is saddled with decision making of our organization. And am privilege to be among this committee presenting young people interest there. So if there is a suggestion either from staffs, funding bodies, our beneficiaries, the first step is we try to see the effect on our beneficiaries, does it impact our work on them positively(They are our topmost priority) if it does the committee brainstorm on the best way and cost effective way to go about implementing this change in the right direction. This decision is then ratified and approved by the President of PPFN. Again the process of getting PPFN to buy into your suggestion is fairly easy (be you a staff, beneficiary or external body) provided it help improve our impact.

What challenges do your end-users face? (1) What is the biggest challenge that your end-users face on a day-to-day, individual level? (2) What is the biggest systems-level challenge that affects your end-users?

One of the biggest challenge affecting my end user is poverty as most of the inhabitants of these 2 local government live on less than half a dollar per day, we came about this finding during our needs assessment in May this year. This is solely due to the fact that thier economic progression is continually interrupted and decimated with incessant Boko Haram attacks in their different communities. And we can allude to the fact that poverty is one of the leading cause of women not seeking professional healthcare, not to even consider raising money to feed themselves and their kids healthy causing young girls to engage in transactional sex. The biggest system level challenge in this locality is corruption as aid and relief materials brought here are constantly siphoned.

Tell us about your vision for this project: (1) share one sentence about the impact you would like to see from this project in five years and (2) what is the biggest question you need to answer to get there?

IMPACT: By 2022, we hope to have been able to effectively build the SRH emergency preparedness action plan for the over 7,000,000 women and girls living in rural North Eastern Nigeria that are prone to terrorist attacks through our human-centered-designed projects. Question: How do we get to scale our work while maintaining our impact and sustainability from just 2 local government areas to cover all of the rural communities in North-Eastern Nigeria prone to terrorist attacks.

What is it that most attracted you to Amplify instead of a more traditional funding model?

First Amplify gives me the opportunity to learn about HCD to be able to solve problems For the past months I have been involved with I have been privileged to go through her resources and I can boldly say I understand the basics of HCD, I have applied it to my work and for the short period of time it has aided my work greatly. Again Amplify doesn't just offer you funding but help you with actualizing your idea from the idea conceptualization to iteration, what more could I ask for?

Do you intend to implement your Amplify idea in refugee camps / temporary settlements?

  • We aim to implement our Amplify idea in support of displaced populations, but not in a refugee camp / temporary settlement.

How long have you and your colleagues been working on this idea together?

  • Between 6 months and 1 year

How many of your organizations’s paid, full-time staff are currently based in the location where the beneficiaries of your proposed idea live?

  • Between 10-20 paid, full-time staff

Is your organization registered in the country you intend to implement your idea in?

  • We are registered in all countries where we plan to implement.

My organization's operational budget for 2016 was:

  • Above $1,000,000 USD

What do you need the most support with for your innovation?

  • Program/Service Design


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Photo of Naffie

I am pleased with such ideas you have for women and children. Such great ideas and I could see the passion you for them. I am glad that you have such passion to develop your country. Well done!

Photo of Offor JEREMIAH

Thanks so much Naffie, am deeply committee to the central doctrine of the UNFPA leaving no one behind principle. Again until we increase women and girls access to SRHR services, information and education devoid of stigma, discrimination and judgement, we will never be able to attain the Sustainable development goals as a country. women and girls have an unmet needs for SRHR services and education in humanitarian settings. Am passionate to helping them meet their needs.

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