You are cordially invited to join Breakthrough ACTION for the fourth webinar in a series on the strategic priorities outlined in the Shared Agenda for Social and Behavior Change in Family Planning. Details are below.
Generation Youth: Using SBC to Understand and Meet the FP Needs of Young Adults
July 27, 2020
9 AM Washington / 1 PM (GMT) Accra / 2 PM Abuja / 3 PM Lusaka / 4 PM Addis
Adolescents represent 20% of the worldâ€™s population, with more than 85% residing in developing countries. Many health behaviors are established during adolescence, and investment in their health and well-being is critical to promoting their growth and development. For many adolescent girls, pregnancy and childbearing are associated with significant health risks, especially in low- and middle-income countries, where 20,000 girls under age 18 give birth every day and where pregnancy-related complications are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15199.
Many countries working to increase family planning (FP) access and use are paying increasing attention to their younger populations and addressing youth FP needs. Indeed, youth are included as a population of focus in the majority of FP2020 country Costed Implementation Plans and annual action plans. The importance of social and behavioral change (SBC) in addressing the social, cultural, gender, and religious determinants of youth FP behaviors cannot be overstated. In recognition of this crucial issue, many major donors to FP projects have made significant investments in youth-focused SBC programming and are working to identify new and innovative approaches in both SBC research and implementation.
The Shared Agenda for SBC in FP (https://breakthroughactionandresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/It-...) highlights areas that practitioners, donors, and researchers can work on together to better understand and meet the needs of youth and improve FP outcomes, including increasing the number of youth-driven programs and meaningful youth partnerships, improving quality of responses to youth needs, and strengthening advocacy with decision-makers and influencers to support FP for youth. During this webinar, presenters will explore these topics looking at the challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities from different vantage points.
This webinar will be offered in English with simultaneous interpretation into French.
- Janet Holt, Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- Expressing youth needs and pushing for change through storytelling and meaningful co-creation between youth and technical staff / Oury Kamissoko, Merci Mon HÃ©ros, Breakthrough ACTION
- Youth and family planning policy and advocacy / Daisy Mwilima, Deputy Programs Manager, Copper Rose Zambia
- Empowering young people: Lessons learned and paving the way forward / Michalina Drejza, Director of Research and Development, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
HIFA profile: Marcela Aguilar is Director of Communications at Breakthrough ACTION, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Washington DC. www.breakthroughactionandresearch.org marcela.aguilar AT jhu.edu