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    Un kiosque de planification familiale au salon de la santé au Burkina Faso.

    Un kiosque de planification familiale au salon de la santé au Burkina Faso. © 2011 Centre pour les programmes de communication, avec la permission de Photoshare

    Quand j'étais en formation pour devenir sage-femme, une hôtesse de l'air, sans argent et dans un état critique, se présentait à la maternité de l'hôpital Yalgado Ouédraogo de Ouagadougou, après avoir eu recours à un avortement raté. Mes collègues et moi avons cotisé de l'argent afin de lui procurer ses médicaments essentiels, mais malheureusement elle a succombé à ses saignements (hémorragie)—malgré le fait que nous lui avons administré ses médicaments.

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    A family planning booth at a health fair in Burkina Faso.

    A family planning booth at a health fair in Burkina Faso. © 2011 Center for Communication Programs, Courtesy of Photoshare

    When I was in training to become a midwife, a flight attendant, with no money and in critical condition, arrived at the maternity ward of Yalgado Ouédraogo hospital in Ouagadougou after getting a botched abortion. My colleagues and I put money together to buy her essential medicines, but she eventually died—even after we administered the medicines. We were shocked. And I thought, we must do something to improve women’s reproductive health. When I think that this woman could have been saved if she’d had access to contraception earlier, I’m reminded of my reason for becoming a midwife—to save human beings.

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    Abou Maimouna Diallo, jeune ambassadeur en Guinée

    "S'il y a un conseil que j'aimerais donner aux jeunes de mon pays, c'est qu'ils doivent être sexuellement responsables en acceptant de restés informés, de s'éduquer et de suivre les recommandations des pairs éducateurs." - Abou Maimouna Diallo

    Cette publication a été publiée à l'origine sur le blog d'IntraHealth, VITAL.

    Voici Abou, jeune ambassadeur en Guinée qui sait mieux que quiconque à quel point la contraception est importante, non seulement pour la planification familiale mais aussi pour planifier l'avenir.

    Quand j'allais au lycée, je sortais avec une fille. On s'aimait beaucoup et nous avons eu des rapports non protégés.

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    Abou Maimouna Diallo, a family planning youth ambassador from Guinea

    "The advice I would like to give young people in my country is that they must be sexually responsible by agreeing to keep informed, educate themselves, and follow their peer educators’ advice," writes Abou Maimouna Diallo. Photo courtesy of Abou Maimouna Diallo.

    This post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog, VITAL.

    Meet Abou, a youth ambassador in Guinea who knows firsthand the power of contraception—not just for family planning, but for future planning.

    When I was in high school, I was going out with a girl. We loved each other a lot, and we had unprotected sex.

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    PACE Subnational Toolkit

    A collage of the reports included in PACE's Subnational Toolkit.

    Many governments are changing the way they fund family planning, moving more funding to the subnational level. These changes create new opportunities to gain support for family planning, if advocates tailor their efforts accordingly. At PRB, we have found that advocacy is most effective if messages are specific to local needs, using local data.

    “An issue affecting one region in a country may be non-existent or minimally felt in another. Hence it becomes important to target,” says Colette Ajwang’, a reproductive health policy, advocacy, and communication consultant with PRB who is based in Kenya. “For example, while one decision maker in one county in Kenya may want to address child marriage and teenage pregnancy, in another county, decision makers may be faced with school drop-out among boys or drug and substance abuse among young people.”

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    Lisa presenting at ICT4D

    Lisa discusses GHeL and K4Health's content adaptation guide during “Sharing, adapting, and delivering content in digital solutions.”

    With a wide array of conference tracks as well as presenters representing both the public and private sectors, the 9th Annual ICT4D Conference in Hyderabad, India was truly engaging and interactive!

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    This post was originally published by Pathfinder International.

    As a youth advocate, Zeynabou works to ensure other young women and girls in Burkina Faso do not have to endure the pain and hardships her sister Farida did.

    As a youth advocate, Zeynabou works to ensure other young women and girls in Burkina Faso do not have to endure the pain and hardships her sister Farida did.

    I counted more than 20 pregnancies—all unplanned.

    When I was in secondary school, I went from class to class and counted all the teenage girls who were pregnant. I wanted to hear about their experiences.

    I stood in front of these girls, listening to their stories. One after another, they said, "I did not know about contraception." 

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    The Reproductive Health and Family Planning Youth Ambassadors are a group of dedicated and engaged youth advocates who educate, counsel, and motivate our peers to adopt healthy sexual behaviors.

    The Reproductive Health and Family Planning Youth Ambassadors are a group of dedicated and engaged youth advocates who educate, counsel, and motivate our peers to adopt healthy sexual behaviors. Photo by Moctar Diallo courtesy of IntraHealth International.

    In Mali, young girls face the prospect of unwanted or adolescent pregnancies that can lead to unsafe abortions and other health risks. The most recent Demographic Health Survey indicated that early pregnancy increases the risk of death among adolescents. Further, pregnancy considerably reduces a young woman’s chances of continuing her studies and puts her at risk of sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS. In fact, young women are three times as likely as young men to become infected with HIV.

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    Congolese refugee women in Rwamwanja, Uganda. © EU/ECHO/Martin Karimi, 2017

    Congolese refugee women in Rwamwanja, Uganda. © EU/ECHO/Martin Karimi, 2017

    Girls and women faced a horrendous situation in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in western Uganda. I had only two choices to react to their poignant situation: Weep with them and we all become miserable, or take up their case and work to see something done.

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    Desmond Nji Atanga answers students' questions on family planning methods.

    Desmond Nji Atanga answers students' questions on family planning methods.

    Education opens up a wealth of choices and informed decisions necessary to live a healthy life. We know that education and health enjoy positively correlated benefits. Education improves health, while health facilitates successful education. One way of ensuring adequate access to family planning services is through information—and education certainly provides opportunities for that.