REGIONAL IMPACT COORDINATOR
Ibukun Babarinde, a pharmacist and public health professional with over 5-year experience in the health care and youth development sector. She is very passionate about the delivery of sexual and reproductive health and rights to young girls in low-income rural areas in Nigeria. She founded the Mentor Missy Initiative in 2017 after realizing young girls and women in her community are generally lacking the skills and knowledge to have a healthy sexual and reproductive lifestyle. Many young girls in her community are clueless about their body processes because cultural expectations do not really allow for such discussions. Mentor Missy Initiative educates, counsels, and makes products accessible and affordable to an estimated 10 million girls who currently do not have access and/or cannot afford them in Nigeria. Mentor Missy Initiative has impacted up to 4000 girls by delivering education on menstrual hygiene management and products. In addition to directing activities at the Mentor Missy Initiative, she also works with an international NGO where she builds the capacity of health workers through organized formal training, periodical on-the-job-training, continuous monitoring and supervision, and directed coaching to fill a specific knowledge gaps and enhance skills development, behavioral and attitudinal changes to support the project on HIV management. She is a recipient of the African Union Postgraduate Scholarship Award (2014) and the British Council’s ‘Test it” Investments grant Award (2018). With her training and experience in the development sector, she would deploy her skills to support and mentoryoung people of similar background with her to enhance their work.