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PMA2020 Blog Series


PMA2020's blog series, “Stories From the Field” puts the spotlight on our in-country teams and their perspectives and reflections from the field, highlighting the incredible work being done by our resident enumerators, field supervisors and central team. 

PMA2020 Spotlight: Assumpta Nangonzi, Resident Enumerator, PMA2020/Uganda

Assumpta_0.jpgAssumpta Nangonzi is a resident enumerator (RE) with PMA2020/Uganda. Assumpta’s background is in environment health science (she holds a degree in this field), although her passion spans multiple areas within global health.  Assumpta heard about PMA2020 from Dr. Frederick Makumbi (Principal Investigator for PMA2020/Uganda) and started working as an RE in 2014 during the first round of data collection in Uganda and has been with the project since. 

In addition to being a PMA2020 RE, Assumpta is also a Program Officer for Policy and Advocacy at a global advocacy organization called Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA-Uganda) in Kampala. As both an advocate and a researcher, Assumpta is exposed to unique perspectives that allow her to speak credibly and passionately in both realms. She recognizes that family planning evidence and data are necessary to build a platform for advocacy and win over stakeholders. She cites PMA2020 as the main data source for her family planning advocacy. 


SS_1_1.jpgPMA2020 Francophone Teams Exhibit South-South Collaboration through Joint Data Management Workshop

While most people were prepping for the holidays last month, data management teams from two of PMA2020’s Francophone geographies, DRC and Niger, were busy organizing a collaborative data management workshop. The Niger team – consisting of co-data managers Abdou Maina and Ibrahim Maazou– hosted the workshop at the offices of the “Institut National de la Statistique du Niger (INS)”, PMA2020’s implementing partner in Niger. Maazou and Maina were joined by DRC Data Manager Michel Kayembe Bikulu and Assistant Data Manager Maurice Kabango Mutuale. 


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20 Questions with Manju Godara, Resident Enumerator, PMA2020/India

Manju_1_0.jpgWhat does your typical day look like? During PMA2020 field work, I usually am in the field interacting with various people in different households, and on other days, I am busy doing household chores and other activities. I do not get much free time!
What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020? I like talking to women from different societies and collecting the data using new mobile technology. 
What are some valuable lessons learned from your time in PMA2020? I have learned how to operate Android phones, and how to ask questions tactfully to get responses for difficult and private questions. I have also realized the importance of education, and so I have enrolled myself for further studies. 
Tope1_0.jpgHow did you get involved with PMA2020? My involvement with PMA started in 2015 in the second round. I was drafted in as a member of the data team. 
Why do you think PMA2020 is important? PMA is important because it presents the real picture of basic public health issues in developing countries for which data was not previously available or for which data quality was poor and unusable. 
What are some valuable lessons learned during your time working with PMA2020? I would have every child receive a quality education, especially the girl-child in sub-Saharan Africa. 
Rita-1_2.jpgWhat does your typical day look like? Meetings by phone or in person are a major part of my day. My job is to make sure my organization is well equipped to achieve and affirm our goals. 
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? The Queen of England. 
What are some valuable lessons learned during your time working with PMA2020? I have learned a few things: the importance of cooperation to achieve a target goal, that there is unity in diversity, that it is important to eradicate misconceptions about family planning, and how to make our environment conducive for living. 

20 Questions with Mossi Mariama Hima Magagi, Supervisor, PMA2020/Niger

Niger-1_0.jpgWhat skills do you most frequently employ in your work with PMA2020? My experience--that is to say my data collection know-how. My first experiences with socio-anthropologic and demographic research goes back to 2000.  My empirical knowledge allows me to adapt easily to any kind of situation I encounter while collecting data, and to solve the problems.
Why do you think PMA2020 is important? I would say it is a very important project because it not only provides young people with job opportunities, but it also provides users with quality data in regards to family planning indicators and certain characteristics of women of reproductive age. It also reinforces the national capacities in terms of collecting and analyzing data.​
What is the most interesting thing you have learned while working with PMA2020? I have learned a lot in terms of data collection by working with Open Data Kit (ODK). 


What happens when the population data that you collect become so personal and real that they impact you – literally?
After the first day of training for the new PMA2020/Uganda schistosomiasis survey, field supervisors mentioned that their Resident Enumerators (data collectors) had asked them about the possibility of being tested for schistosomiasis. Why wouldn’t they want to know their status, after all? Read more >>



20 Questions with Ernest Ekutor, Coordinator for PMA2020/Ghana

Ernest1_0.jpgWhat is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020? I love working with the large group of people across the country of Ghana. The modern way of collecting data on the smartphone is so awesome, and PMA2020 gave me the exposure to that platform. For that, I am truly grateful to my supervisor and to Hopkins. The Hopkins team is just amazing, and I enjoy working with them. 
If you could describe PMA2020 in a few words...? Most reliable data!​
What are some valuable lessons learned in your time with PMA2020? Once you set a target to do something, you should be able to deliver. PMA2020 works with time and within that stipulated time, results must come in. We try as much as we can to deliver results. For me, this is a great lesson that will help with other endeavors. 

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What is the biggest challenge you face in your work? The biggest challenge is to collect quality data that will serve my country. To achieve this goal, requires regular monitoring of REs and the fulfillment of tasks entrusted to me​.
If you could describe PMA2020 in a few words...? Fast and reliable data collection​.​
Who is your role model and why? The father of the Burkinabé revolution, Thomas Sankara. He was a brave and humble man. Through his determination and courage, he contributed his stone to the building of Burkina Faso. He remains a model for all the youth of Burkina Faso – even for all of Africa. 

20 Questions with Pierre Akilimali Zalagile, PMA2020/DRC IT Programmer 

Photo Dr Akilimali Pierre2.pngWhy do you think PMA2020 is important? We are getting very good data in a short amount of time and engaging the local population in collecting this data. 
What are some valuable lessons learned from your time in PMA2020? By working in a large team like that of PMA2020, we can learn a lot from each other. Working with such a multidisciplinary team saves time and allows us to obtain high-quality results. 
How would you encourage young students hoping to do similar work that you are doing? I would share my knowledge and skills with them that I've learned from working on PMA2020. I would also encourage them to work in teams and learn from each other. I would oversee their initial work, and then encourage them to achieve their own spot.

20 Questions with Mahari, PMA2020/Ethiopia Field Coordinator

What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020? It makes me familiar with the latest technologies of data collection and dissemination. It is also a great pleasure to get the opportunity of working with very intellectual and decent people.
If you could describe PMA2020 in three words, what would you say? Smart, Swift and Trustworthy!
Why do you think PMA2020 is important? I believe that it is wise to make decisions based on frequent and reliable data. PMA2020 is a pioneer in delivering cost effective, timely and reliable data to policy makers and programmers. Therefore, PMA2020 is very important to ensure the availability of such data, which most organizations and governments are in need of.

Resident Enumerator Shares About Passion in Community Participation

The moment I was offered the opportunity to work with PMA2020 as a Resident Enumerator, I was excited about this new project I was going to be a part of.
As we finished training and we were dispatched, it was an opportunity to put theory into practice and to enhance my interviewing and people skills.
...My field placement has been an incredible experience and avenue for me to learn more and practice my field skills with the guidance and support from my supervisor. I had an opportunity to grow both as an individual and as a team player to realize my true passion in community participation and to appreciate the work we do with communities...

Burkina Faso: Resident Enumerators Maimouna and Sylvie Promoted to Supervisors​​


As PMA2020/Burkina Faso enters its third round of data collection, the team is proud to recognize the superb performance of Maimouna Compaoré and Slyvie Diessongo, who were Resident Enumerators (REs) during the first two rounds of data collection in Burkina Faso and have both been promoted to field supervisor.
In their new position, they will now lead and support a group of REs for the third round. During rounds one and two, both Maimouna and Sylvie worked in the Ouagadougou region, where they continue to work, and each is now responsible for supervising 10 REs... Read more >>


Resident Enumerator Annet Wins Scholarship and Pursues Dream Master's Program

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...It was always my dream to go for further studies; and I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources at Makerere University. Why am I saying this? PMA2020 project is one of the factors that contributed to my winning of the scholarship!!! As I applied, one of the requirements was being a staff or working with Makerere University.  Therefore I am indebted to Makerere School of Public Health – PMA2020 Project for having employed me, recommended me and qualifying me as a potential candidate for the project. I am achieving my dream. Long live School of Public Health, Long live PMA2020... Read more >>


Kenya Resident Enumerator Christine Wangeci Shares Testimonial

Christine M Wangeci.jpgMost people in my enumeration area had never participated in a survey, let alone one that used a phone instead of a paper questionnaire. The people of my enumeration area had several concerns and were glad to have someone ask them about their health, water and reproductive health issues. These are dear issues to them and this brought a ray of hope and a sign that someone cared... The people understood how important data collection is and its benefit to them. 
My job has now changed my status in my area of residence. I am now known by majority of residents in my area. I now feel confident and more motivated to continue working in my EA to collect and submit data, which I know that after analysis and presentation to the government, residents from my area will benefit from increased access to and quality of family planning services... Read more >>


Transparency and Accountability: Taking the Measure of Family Planning Programs

zipporah.jpgTwo years ago I never would have imagined that one day I would be going door to door in my neighborhood, asking women if they used contraception.  But in my job with PMA2020 that’s exactly what I do...We were very excited when our survey showed that Kenya’s current CPR for married women is at 58 percent. This means that the government has exceeded its 2015 goal! Analysts are now busy studying the data to figure out exactly where and why the improvement happened. This is important so that going forward, the government and its partners can focus on the most effective family planning programs.
As a PMA2020 Resident Enumerator, I feel a great sense of achievement for what we’re accomplishing.  I know that my work, and the work of the other Resident Enumerators, is playing a significant role in helping Kenya improve the reproductive health of all its citizens... Read more >>