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

Niger-1.jpg1. What is your name and role in PMA2020?
Madame Mossi Mariama Hima Magagi, Supervisor, PMA2020 Niger​. 

2. How did you get involved with PMA2020?
I got involved during the second round of data collection. 

3. What does your typical day look like?
During the second round of data collection, the Mobile Team spends almost a half a day’s journey before reading the EA – along the winding road, with a guide who accompanies us perhaps just for the extra fees, and all of the enumerators are weighed down by fatigue. What a day!​ 

4. What 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.

5. What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020?
Friendliness between the national staff and the exemplary work from Johns Hopkins.

6. If you could describe PMA2020 in a few words...?
PMA is a very relaxed project that cultivates excellence. 

7. 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 of collecting and analyzing data. 

8. What is the biggest challenge you face in your work?
Perfection of the work. 

9. What do you like to do in your free time?
I try to clear my urgent pending work files, or I will read, watch TV, or spend time visiting family or friends. 

10. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
My mother; sadly she is no longer living. 

11. What are some valuable lessons learned from your time in PMA2020?
I have learned the importance of gaining informed consent during the survey, and the necessity to use NTICs to collect data.

Niger-2.jpg12. How would you encourage young students hoping to do similar work that you are doing?
I am not unique, but in my opinion, I can serve as a model for young students. I earned my diploma in Socio-Anthropology in 2001, and as I was in the civic service, with this diploma I was recruited by projects and NGOs either for training or surveys. This gave me a lot of work experience, especially in the field of data collection, but also in the field of management of projects and NGOs. I did not underestimate the work and the small contracts I earned. I encouraged myself by telling myself that, "little by little, the bird will build its nest.” I would say that it was these experiences and training that helped me to land my permanent job at the National Institute of Statistics of Niger. Always looking to strengthen my capacities, I left my position as a contractor at the National Institute of Statistics of Niger to go to the Institute of Training and Research in Demography, because I thought that with this training, I could serve more people and give more of myself. In short, I would encourage young students to always take pride in the excellence of their work.

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?

14. What is your favorite public health topic?
Reproductive health. 

15. Where would you like to be in 10 years?
I hope to hold an international position, whether in Africa or elsewhere. 

16. What are you afraid of?
I am afraid of the human being, because it is a double-edge sword. It can be the source of my happiness and the source of my suffering. 

17. 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). 

18If you could change one thing about anything, what would it be?
I would change the quality of life for many people and the insecurity in Niger. 

19. Who is your role model and why?
My mother, because she embodied patience, tolerance and common sense in her life. 

20. Any last words?
I would like to encourage my young brothers and sisters because life is a fight and their futures belong to them. For this, I encourage them to endure, to be perseverant, and to cultivate in themselves a know-how.