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“It’s your life – it’s your future” in action
Get a snapshot of our on the ground programs all over the worldAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 16 million teenage girls aged 15 to 19 give birth each year, accounting for approximately 11% of births worldwide. Sexual and reproductive health of teens and young adults is a global issue. But 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, spanning from Ugandan Youth Counselors to a Latin American TV show. The diversity of approaches shows the vast differences that exist between various countries and cultures when it comes to sexual health and contraceptive awareness.
Click on the program buttons below to familiarize yourself with a selection of Lighthouse projects supported by the “Your Life” campaign and the World Contraception Day Partner Coalition and Bayer.
This project aims at creating more awareness about contraception and family planning amongst young Ugandans. A network of so-called “Youth Champions” has been educated to provide their peers with information about sexuality and reproductive health. At least 64,000 youth and 7,000 community members will benefit from the additional service program by 2017. This initiative supports an increased number of communities, health workers and decision-makers to respond to sexual and reproductive health needs of youth and deliver youth-friendly services where needed most.
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.
120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders recognizes and highlights the young people who are making a difference in family planning and reproductive health worldwide. It is led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with sponsorship from Bayer. The Gates Institute conducts and facilitates cutting-edge research in family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics and translates science into evidence-informed policies, programs, and practice. The Institute works as an innovator, partner, advocate, and convener to bridge the gap between knowledge and implementation, and to promote access to universal reproductive health and family planning for all.
Through May 22, 120 Under 40 is accepting nominations of people 40 years or younger who have made significant contributions to family planning. Over the summer, an expert review board and the public will choose 40 winners for 2016, who will be announced around World Contraception Day. Each winner will receive $1,000, furnished by the Gates Institute, to continue their work in family planning. The process will repeat in 2017 and 2019, so that 120 young family planning champions will be assembled by 2020 — a significant year for the family planning community. This global project shines a light on the “positive disruptions” made by young leaders in family planning, enabling others to model their behavior and build on their success.
“Teen Mom” is a TV show that follows the life of young mothers. In Latin America the show is the central element of an education campaign raising awareness for birth control. In 2014, the attention of over 1.7 million viewers was directed towards the campaign website, which provides age-appropriate information about contraception. A series of engaging tools, such as a sexual health IQ test, a call-to-action campaign around World Contraception Day and World Aids Day, eye-catching digital banners, billboards, plus social media mentions encourage safe sex and dispel myths about sex and contraception. Over 15 million direct interactions prove continuous success in helping young millennials to make conscious and self-determined decisions when it comes to sex and contraception.
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.
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.