Bangladeshi family planning expert Dr Abu Sayed Hasan is among the winners of the 120 Under 40 Awards 2017.
The 120 Under 40 Awards, organised by The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide.
Over the course of the multi-year project, 120 young family planning champions are chosen, 40 in each of the three project years.
The 40 chosen this year included advocates, researchers, service providers, epidemiologists, medical doctors, program officers, communications/media professionals, and founders of NGOs and non-profit organisations. Each of the winners works in equally various environments, ranging from universities and offices to clinics and the field in various countries, in order to advance family planning and reproductive health.
One of the winners from Bangladesh, Dr Abu Sayed Hasan is currently working at UNFPA-Bangladesh as technical officer (Family Planning and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health) and has been managing a large-scale reproductive health programme with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as well as NGOs.
“I am grateful to everyone who voted, shared, campaigned and is passionate about meeting the standard sexual and reproductive health rights for all women and adolescents across the globe.”
“Scores of countries and cultures are failing to protect the opportunities of girls in the way they do for boys. Girls who are married younger stay at home earlier, can’t go to school and many end up with the burdens of illiteracy, poverty, illness and, ultimately, powerlessness. We need to start with education, we all know it transforms lives, families, communities, countries and the world as well,” he added.
Dr Abu Sayed Hasan has been providing technical guidance to national and subnational-level government officials regarding the strengthening of delivery and access to equitable, effective and quality family planning and adolescent sexual and reproductive health services.
He also played a catalytic role in reactivating the FP2020 Bangladesh Country Engagement Working Group (BCEWG). He has further designed an innovative program to advocate for reaching newlywed couples through engaging marriage registers and religious leaders in order to delay adolescent pregnancy.
He led the working group to develop a national action plan on postpartum, post-menstrual-regulation and post-abortion-care family planning and inclusion of Implant and progesterone-only pill (POP) as immediate PPFP methods. In addition, he has introduced and implemented a national family planning campaign through the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in under-performing districts and sub districts to enhance the demand for family planning among adolescents and youths and to reduce unmet contraceptive needs and user dropouts.
The 40 winners for 2017 were chosen through public online voting, scored by a jury of experts and leaders in family planning, and the project secretariat. The winners each receive $1,000 from the Gates Institute to continue their work in family planning. Dr. Hasan has decided to donate his prize money for the Rohingya community to increase their knowledge on SRH including family planning.
“This second group of winners is as outstanding as the first,” says Jose “Oying” Rimon II, Director of the Gates Institute and chair of the 120 Under 40 Jury. “These young leaders are creating positive disruptions all over the world, and their impact will only grow stronger as they forge a new network with their fellow 120 Under 40 winners.”