Innovation: An Inclusive Knowledge Sharing Platform for the AYSRH Workforce
Organization: Talent Youth Association
Although Ethiopia has the second largest youth population in Africa, many of these young people are still experiencing barriers to health services, especially when it comes to contraceptive access. Much of this disparity is due to the reduction in funding for family planning programs in the country, and the absence of understandable adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) data for government officials. The Talent Youth Association seeks to combat this issue by developing fact sheets on AYSRH and FP in Amharic using data from the Ministry of Health and the Guttmacher Institute. Their innovation will also include organizing a high-level discussion forum with youth representatives, men, women, and youth with disabilities, from different organizations to discuss this data, and work to resolve AYSRH issues. The forum will demonstrate the importance of regular discussions between young people, program implementers, and decision makers, with the intention of establishing a quarterly roundtable discussion between government committee members, AYSRH/FP practitioners, and young people to share data, research, and learning from program implementation.
The Talent Youth Association is a youth-led organization that empowers and promotes access to sexual and reproductive health, family planning, advocacy, and meaningful youth participation in Ethiopia.