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MSI team members shortlisted for family planning award

Wednesday 14 June 2017 MSI Reproductive Choices Contraception, Young people Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia

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A whole host of Marie Stopes International team members have been nominated for 2017's 120 under 40 family planning award.

120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders is a project that launched on 26 September 2015, World Contraception Day, and recognises the achievements of people who are leading the way in family planning worldwide.

Nominees must be family planning champions aged under 40 who have made significant contributions to family planning at the local, national, or international level in one of the following categories: advocacy, programming/programme implementation, research, service delivery, demand generation, policy/government or media.

Marie Stopes International nominees

This is the second year where a number of Marie Stopes International team members have been shortlisted​. The large list of nominees includes:

  • Lalaina Razafinirinasoa, Marie Stopes Madagascar
  • Melissa Cockroft, Marie Stopes Madagascar
  • Alex Omari, Marie Stopes Kenya
  • Sadiat Abubakar, Marie Stopes International
  • Shafaatu Abubakar Jabbi, Marie Stopes International
  • Daisy Adalla, Marie Stopes Kenya
  • Naheed Ahmed, Marie Stopes International
  • Anum Akram, Marie Stopes Society
  • Caleb Ojimah Aromeh, Marie Stopes Nigeria
  • Qaiser Asghar, Marie Stopes Society
  • Dr. Saima Gul, Marie Stopes Society
  • Shaikh Hameed, Marie Stopes Society
  • Onyekachi Kanu, Marie Stopes International
  • Brian Kayongo, Marie Stopes Zambia
  • Faizan Khan, Marie Stopes Society
  • Mardan Shah, Marie Stopes International
  • Faiz Muhamamd, Marie Stopes Society
  • Fahad Paracha, Marie Stopes Society
  • Hadiza Sani Barau, Marie Stopes Nigeria
  • Sekou Sow, Marie Stopes Mali
  • Diallo Souleïmane, Marie Stopes Mali
  • Aondoaseer Leonard Viashima, Marie Stopes Nigeria
  • Henri Za Lal Lian, Marie Stopes Myanmar

After online voting and jury review, the 40 winners are chosen, all of whom receive $1,000 prize money from the Gates Institute to continue their work in family planning and/or begin innovative new projects.

The winners will be announced in September. For more information or to view the nominee bios visit


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