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Ushiriki Wenye Maana wa Vijana katika Mipango ya Uzazi wa Mpango

Insights from the 2021 Learning Circles Francophone Africa and the Caribbean Cohort

Kuanzia Oktoba 2021 hadi Desemba 2021, washiriki wa uzazi wa mpango na afya ya uzazi (FP/RH) workforce based in francophone sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean convened virtually for the second Knowledge SUCCESS Miduara ya Kujifunza cohort. The cohort focused on the topic of meaningful youth engagement in FP/RH programs.

Read the French version of this post here.

Goals of Learning Circles

  • Network with colleagues in the same region who are facing similar programmatic challenges.
  • Share in-depth, practical solutions to priority challenges that peers can immediately adapt and implement to improve their own family planning programs.
  • Learn new and creative ways for exchanging knowledge and gain the skills needed to replicate those techniques.

Through bi-weekly Zoom sessions and WhatsApp chats, 38 participants from 12 countries across francophone sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean shared personal experiences around what’s working and what isn’t working when it comes to engaging youth in a meaningful way.

Mambo muhimu ya kuchukua

  • Meaningful engagement of youth in FP/RH programming requires strategic program design as well as capacity strengthening for young people, kwa mfano, through skills-building workshops, coaching or mentorship, and content production competitions.
  • Socio-cultural barriers continue to be a common challenge when it comes to families and communities sharing information with adolescents and youth about sexual and reproductive health and rights. Increasing the number of health centers for youth, emphasizing religion’s support of birth-spacing, and integrating Behavior Change Communication mbinu are a few strategies to address this challenge.
  • Civil society organizations and the private sector can both play an instrumental role in advocating for government funding for Comprehensive Sexuality Education programs and other FP/RH initiatives.
  • The use of peer mobilizers is an effective education tool for combating myths and misconceptions about contraception that are prominent amongst young people.

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Washiriki wawili kutoka Kundi la Miduara ya Mafunzo. Mikopo: Tim Werwie, JHU-CCP
Sophie Weiner

Afisa Programu, Kituo cha Johns Hopkins cha Mipango ya Mawasiliano

Sophie Weiner ni Afisa wa Programu ya Usimamizi wa Maarifa na Mawasiliano katika Kituo cha Johns Hopkins cha Mipango ya Mawasiliano ambapo amejitolea kuendeleza maudhui ya magazeti na dijitali., kuratibu matukio ya mradi, na kuimarisha uwezo wa kusimulia hadithi katika Afrika ya Kifaransa. Masilahi yake ni pamoja na upangaji uzazi/afya ya uzazi, mabadiliko ya kijamii na tabia, na makutano kati ya idadi ya watu, afya, na mazingira. Sophie ana B.A. katika Uhusiano wa Kifaransa/Kimataifa kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha Bucknell, na M.A. kwa Kifaransa kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha New York, na shahada ya uzamili katika Tafsiri ya Fasihi kutoka Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Aissatou Thioye

Afisa wa Usimamizi wa Maarifa na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Magharibi, Maarifa MAFANIKIO, FHI 360

Aïssatou Thioye yuko katika kitengo cha matumizi ya utafiti, ndani ya GHPN ya FHI360 na inafanya kazi kwa mradi wa Maarifa SUCCESS kama Meneja wa Usimamizi wa Maarifa na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Magharibi.. Katika nafasi yake, inasaidia uimarishaji wa usimamizi wa maarifa katika kanda, kuweka vipaumbele na kubuni mikakati ya usimamizi wa maarifa kwa vikundi kazi vya kiufundi vya FP/RH na washirika katika Afrika Magharibi. Pia huwasiliana na washirika wa kikanda na mitandao.. Kutokana na uzoefu wake, Aïssatou amefanya kazi kwa muda mrefu 10 miaka kama mwandishi wa habari, mhariri-mshauri kwa miaka miwili, kabla ya kujiunga na JSI ambako alifanya kazi katika miradi miwili ya Kilimo na Lishe, mfululizo kama afisa wa vyombo vya habari kisha mtaalamu katika Usimamizi wa Maarifa.******Aïssatou Thioye yuko katika Kitengo cha Matumizi ya Utafiti cha GHPN ya FHI 360 na hufanya kazi kwa mradi wa Maarifa SUCCESS kama Afisa Usimamizi wa Maarifa na Ushirikiano wa Afrika Magharibi. Katika nafasi yake, anaunga mkono uimarishaji wa usimamizi wa maarifa katika kanda, kuweka vipaumbele na kubuni mikakati ya usimamizi wa maarifa katika FP/RH kiufundi na vikundi kazi washirika katika Afrika Magharibi. Pia huwasiliana na washirika wa kikanda na mitandao. Kuhusiana na uzoefu wake, Aïssatou alifanya kazi kwa zaidi ya 10 miaka kama mwandishi wa habari, kisha kama mhariri-mshauri kwa miaka miwili, kabla ya kujiunga na JSI ambako alifanya kazi katika miradi miwili ya Kilimo na Lishe, mfululizo kama afisa wa vyombo vya habari na kisha kama mtaalamu wa Usimamizi wa Maarifa.

Alison Bodenheimer

Family Planning Technical Advisor, Maarifa MAFANIKIO

Alison Bodenheimer is the family planning technical advisor for Knowledge SUCCESS (KS), based within the Research Utilization division at FHI 360. In this role, Alison provides global technical strategic leadership to the project and supports knowledge management activities in West Africa. Before joining FHI 360 and KS, Alison served as postpartum family planning manager for FP2030 and technical advisor for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health with Pathfinder International. Awali, she managed the Francophone Africa advocacy portfolio with Advance Family Planning at Johns Hopkins’ Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. In addition to a focus on reproductive health and family planning, Alison has a background in health and rights in emergencies, most recently consulting for Columbia University and UNICEF in Jordan to improve monitoring and reporting of child rights violations in conflict throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. Fluent in French, Alison has a BA in Psychology and French from College of the Holy Cross and an MPH in Forced Migration and Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Ruwaida Salem

Afisa Programu Mwandamizi, Kituo cha Johns Hopkins cha Mipango ya Mawasiliano

Ruwaida Salem, Senior Program Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, has nearly 20 years of experience in the global health field. As team lead for knowledge solutions and lead author of Building Better Programs: Mwongozo wa Hatua kwa Hatua wa Kutumia Usimamizi wa Maarifa katika Afya ya Ulimwenguni, she designs, implements, and manages knowledge management programs to improve access to and use of critical health information among health professionals around the world. She holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Akron, and a Graduate Certificate in User Experience Design from Kent State University.

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