Ngong Jacqueline Shakaadmin
Founder and CEO
Dr. Ngong Jacqueline Shaka (aka Dr. Jackie) is a Medical Doctor currently practicing at a critical health facility in Bamenda, in the North West Region of Cameroon. She is also the founder and CEO of Youth 2 Youth (Y2Y) – a youth-led organization with over 20 volunteers. This organization champions and advocates nation-wide adolescent/youth healthcare and wellness with emphasis on five key domains: sexual and reproductive health, HIV/STI prevention, fight against non-communicable diseases, and gender-based violence. Under Dr. Jackie’s stewardship, Y2Y has reached over 5000 young people physically and over 15,000 virtually in the past two years.
Dr. Jackie is also Cameroon’s Family Planning 2020 Youth Focal Person, a member of the International AIDS Society and a World Pulse Global Ambassador. She is equally a 120 Under 40: New Generation of Family Planning Leader by the Gates Institute, a Mandela Washington Fellow and a Commonwealth Scholar. In these leadership roles, Dr. Jackie has relentlessly sought to and succeeded to amplify the voices of young people in her community and beyond.
Dr. Jackie’s passion to lead as far as healthcare and wellness are concerned has taken her to different countries across Africa and beyond, where she has participated in high-profile international conferences during which she has played key roles like the Moderator in panels, Poster Judge and Speaker. Some of these conferences include; the Merck Foundation Luminary (Dakar Senegal 2018, Accra Ghana 2019), the International Conference on Family Planning (Rwanda 2018), International HIV Science Conference (Mexico 2019), Family Planning Convening (Baltimore USA 2019), Global Health Accelerator Leadership Program (Johns Hopkins USA 2019), and FP2020 Regional Workshop for French Speaking Countries (Dakar Senegal, 2020).
From March 2020, she has moderated a number of global twitter chats, and has been a speaker on several zoom meetings online. Currently, she is leading her organization (Y2Y) members in a community project supported by the UN Foundation, where they are mobilizing the different communities within the Bamenda Health District to evaluate the extent to which the ongoing anglophone crisis has impacted the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents/young people in Bamenda. As of August 2020, with her most recent Ingenuity Grant made possible by the Gates Institute and Bayer, she is embarking on a project with USA-based partner organizations to leverage mobile applications for information sharing among young people on family planning/sexual and reproductive health and COVID19 prevention measures.
Dr. Jackie holds an MD degree from the University of Yaounde 1, (2017), a Post Graduate Diploma in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of South Wales (2019), and an MSc. in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine with the University of South Wales (2020). She is currently studying an MSc in Global Health with the Queen Margaret University of Scotland. She is interested in conducting research to assess different family planning programmes for adolescents in East and West Africa, to inform policy formulation and implementation gaps.
During her spare time, she loves watching movies, hanging out with friends and is currently learning how to play the piano.