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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 21 million teenage girls aged 15 to 19 become pregnant each year in developing regions, accounting for approximately 11.6% of births worldwide. The largest number of births occur in Eastern Asia (95,153) and Western Africa (70,423). Yet, sexual and reproductive health of teens and young adults is a global issue. And the way this topic is addressed varies depending on level of education, cultural background and regional taboos.
The global campaign “It’s your life – it’s your future” is aimed at teens and young adults aged 13 to 25. To reach as many young people as possible, the World Contraception Day Partner Coalition is involved in a number of projects worldwide that are tailored to the need for modern birth control and level of sex education of a specific region or target audience. The diversity of approaches shows the vast differences that exist between various countries and cultures when it comes to sexual health and contraceptive awareness.
120 UNDER 40: THE NEW GENERATION OF FAMILY PLANNING LEADERS
Location: Global Initiation: September 26, 2015 Associate: Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Target group: The family planning field, especially young people aged 18 to 40 More information: 120under40.org
120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders (120 Under 40) recognizes and highlights the young people who are making a difference in family planning and reproductive health worldwide. Since launching, 120 Under 40 has quickly become an integral part of the global family planning landscape. Winners are recognized as leaders in their communities and countries, and on the global stage. The program has supported the winners individually and has invested in strengthening them as a community and a network, enabling them to use 120 Under 40 as a key that unlocks doors to new opportunities. The 120 family planning champions, 40 years old or younger, have been chosen by the public and a jury of experts in family planning. The selection of the last cohort of 40 winners in 2019 resulted in an impressive roster of outstanding young leaders representing 37 countries worldwide.
The program is led by Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (Gates Institute) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with sponsorship from Bayer. Gates Institute has continued to engage and support the 120 emerging family planning leaders by providing opportunities to exponentially expand their global networks with youth, experts and luminaries in the field; take on leadership and speaking roles at major family planning gatherings, such as the International Conference on Family Planning; implement their innovative projects via the Ingenuity Fund; receive training through programs such as the Gates Institute’s Global Health Leadership Accelerator to expand their skills and increase the power and reach of their work. The NextGen Catalyst Initiative, which will continue to strengthen the capacity and visibility of 120 Under 40 leaders, is poised to broaden the reach of the meaningful work started with the 120 under 40: New Generation of Family Planning Leaders program and chart a new path for a transformational impact on family planning and AYSRH globally.
Founded with the mission of Scholarship and Science for Social Change, Gates Institute serves as a trailblazer for innovation in the fields of family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics. The Institute is uniquely positioned within a rigorous academic institution, has a strong network of global and country partners, and a track record of positive impact supporting local partner capacity, and translating science and evidence to policies, programs, and practice. For more information about Gates Institute and its impact, visit https://www.gatesinstitute.org/.
Location: Global, represented in six regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East, and the United States) Initiation: 2015 Associate: Women Deliver Target group: Teens and adolescents, parents, teachers, health service providers, community members, local government and district officials More information: wcdambassadors.com
The goal of this worldwide project is to support young people to share their voice about sexuality and contraception. The health and rights of young people are a priority, and young people are the most powerful spokespersons for their own needs and agents of change to transform policies, programs, and communities for the better. Youth ambassadors are learning how to use storytelling and digital media in order to inform their peers about sexual and reproductive health. They are encouraged to initiate their own projects that are tailor-made to the needs of young people in their specific area. By fostering the next generation of champions for sexual and reproductive health and rights, the project will provide more insights into the realities of young people at country, regional, and global levels and spark a discussion on how to best meet young people’s needs.
BLOOM FROM HEART CHINA
Location: China Initiation: 2014 Associates: China Women’s Development Foundation (DWDF), The Chinese National Research Institute for Family Planning (NRIFP), Chinese Medical Association on Family Planning (CMA) Target group: Women, couples, health service providers
This project aims at reducing abortions and unintended pregnancies in China by focusing on the following four key activities: Educating physicians and clinics on how to improve counseling and post-abortion care, high-quality counseling on modern contraception methods in drug stores, public education via a mobile-friendly e-learning platform, and a lecture program on sex education and contraception in universities. All key activities are interlinked with each other to establish high quality standards in patient counseling on family planning and sexual and reproductive health.
CAMPUS TALK PROGRAM
Locations: Global, represented in five regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia) Initiation: 2015 Associates: Selected key universities in participating countries, representatives of local partner offices, local governments, community members, health service providers Target group: Students More information: vivasuavida.com.br
In order to provide students, in particular those studying medicine, with scientific basics and the latest research data about sexual health and contraception, the program supports local healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, midwifes and sex educators in delivering educational lectures to young students about sexual health, contraception and professional patient counseling. An extension of the program to high schools has been successfully implemented. As a next step, the program will focus on the provision of professional e-lecturing tools and techniques in order to expand the services to a larger audience of students countrywide and beyond the lecture room.
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