July 2017

  • Monique Clesca

    UNFPA | Former Représentante
    Jessica.

    Jessica. Photo: Monique Clesca

    This piece was originally published in French in Le National.

    They are 14-, 16-, and 17-year-old children in Haiti. Their adolescent lives fell apart when they got pregnant—putting their education, their future, and their lives in danger.

  • Nongma Sawadogo

    Management Sciences for Health | Interim Director, FCI Program of MSH, Burkina Faso
    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.

  • Nongma Sawadogo

    Management Sciences for Health | Interim Director, FCI Program of MSH, Burkina Faso
    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.

  • Abou Maimouna Diallo

    IntraHealth International | Family Planning Youth Ambassador
    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.

  • Abou Maimouna Diallo

    IntraHealth International | Family Planning Youth Ambassador
    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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