A family planning mobilizer refers a client, Modinat Bamidele (L), during a visibility parade near Orolodo primary health centre in Omuaran township, Kwara state, Nigeria. © 2012 Akintunde Akinleye/NURHI, Courtesy of Photoshare
In 2007, I visited the Centre de Sante in Mukono, Rwanda. Staff enthusiastically gave me a tour of the facility, which had recently undergone renovations to partitioned private rooms for family planning counseling. The facility also had a variety of family planning commodities available including pills, condoms, and injectables. It was remarkable to see staff so motivated to serve their clients and even more so to see the waiting room filled with women and men waiting for family planning services.
This sunny day seven years ago had a noteworthy impact on my career in global health. It highlighted the importance of providing comprehensive family planning services to clients, especially in rural areas, and of having a motivated and well-trained health workforce to deliver those services. In the years since, I have committed to supporting countries in addressing health workforce challenges, and particularly to improving family planning services.