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Egwaoje Ifeyinwa "Ify" Madu

Egwaoje Ifeyinwa Madu has committed her life to working to reducing maternal mortality through community work in Nigeria.   At age 14, she went through a three year training program with the Girls’ Power Initiative, where she developed her expertise as an adolescent reproductive health and gender development trainer. Ifeyinwa became a facilitator with the organization training young girls to become visible and empowered members of their communities. She was involved in the implementation of Family Life HIV/AIDS Education curriculum in Edo State using the Learning About Living project.  Her desire to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS has made her a trainer and led her to work as the Monitoring and Evaluation officer for a USAID funded project on HIV/AIDS prevention. As part of her national youth service in Nigeria, Ifeyinwa worked as a research assistant with Society For Family Health, providing evidence to malaria, HIV/AIDS and maternal health programs. In 2010, she became one of a prestigious group of young people around the globe when she was selected as an Ashoka young champion. Currently she is working with the Birthing Project USA in Louisiana and Mississippi as part of a mentoring and training program after which she will go back to Nigeria and replicate the program to suit the Nigerian environment.