- End Child Marriage by Sani Muhammad and Mubarak Idris, Nigeria.
- Let Your Voice Be Heard by Imali Ngusale, Kenya.
The Pakistan project team is funded separately by PRB.
As a partner on the HP+ project, PRB contributed to an activity focused on “Why Policy Matters” through visual storytelling. Two stories explore the details of how HP+-supported policy actions in Kenya and Nigeria have impacted lives and provided opportunity for sustained local leadership, illustrating how innovative approaches can make a difference in the health and wellbeing of women and their children.
Around the world, a woman dies every two minutes from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Giving birth without the assistance of a skilled provider significantly increases these chances. Linda Mama, a new publicly funded health scheme in Kenya, is turning the tide. It provides basic health services to pregnant women and infants for free, saving the lives of women and children across the nation. In Port Reitz subcounty alone, maternal deaths fell by 64% and newborn deaths fell by 87% within two years of Linda Mama’s introduction. Watch this short film to learn more about why policy matters for Kenyans.
Less than 5% of Nigerians have health insurance and more than half of Nigerians live on less than two dollars a day. These realities, combined with high out-of-pocket health expenses, mean that women, children, and their families are unable to access quality health care. The result? Nigeria has some of the worst rates of maternal and child mortality. Under new reforms aimed at strengthening the country’s primary health system and providing financial protections, this situation is starting to change. Primary health care centers around the country are improving their quality of care. They are beginning to see their electricity restored, more medical supplies stocked, and more patients arriving for services. If implementation is accelerated, these reforms could lead to dramatic drops in child and mortality rates. Watch this short film to learn more about why policy matters for Nigerians.
In Malawi, strategic and multisectoral investments in youth are critical pieces of national growth and development. Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth is an ENGAGE™ multimedia presentation that describes the necessary investments in young people’s health, education, employment opportunities, and participation in governance that can create a window of opportunity for accelerated economic development.
The goal of Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth is to build awareness of the overlapping needs and priorities of multiple sectors and increase support for cross-sectoral investments in Malawi’s young people. To achieve this goal, the presentation is designed to boost individuals’ understanding of the links between and among young peoples’ health, education, employment, and meaningful participation in governance, and how investments in each of these sectors can contribute to Malawi’s growth and development.
Developed with the guidance of a multisectoral taskforce chaired by the Ministry of Health and with representatives of government and civil society, the presentation incorporates youth interview clips, up-to-date research and data, and specific policy recommendations. Target audiences include national and subnational government policymakers; health, education, employment, and youth sector leaders; program officials; journalists; and others.
Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth is a 19-minute presentation available as a narrated video and a click-through .exe file for live presentations. The presentation is accompanied by a presentation guide designed to help users make the most of the presentation. The guide includes supplemental materials such as the full presentation script, references, key messages with screenshots, FAQs, and a discussion guide that can be used to prompt interaction and dialogue among viewers.
HP+ is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-15-00051, beginning Aug. 28, 2015. HP+ is implemented by Palladium, in collaboration with Avenir Health, Futures Group Global Outreach, Plan International USA, Population Reference Bureau, RTI International, ThinkWell, and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
This presentation was produced for review by USAID. It was prepared by HP+. The information provided is not official U.S. Government information and does not necessarily reflect the views or positions of USAID or the U.S. Government.
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This PIA MIMI created video on contraceptives was inspired by the Population Reference Bureau. The initiative began as an idea for meaningful youth participation given that young people’s voices are always sedated whenever it comes to highlighting their thoughts and beliefs. In this video PIA MIMI sought to deconstruct the sedation of young people’s voices and let young people speak their mind and literally take control of your future.
Young people are often judged and misunderstood for seeking information and services relating to their sexual and reproductive health. Working with a team of young people in Kaduna state with support from the Population Reference Bureau, young people are standing up to bring their issues to the fore of government priorities in accessing family planning information and services.
Child marriage is one of the biggest problems in northern Nigeria, leading many young girls to drop out of school, and contributing to the high rates of maternal and infant deaths. Working with the Population Reference Bureau, we trained a team of young sexual and reproductive health advocates who used their smartphone to amplify voices of these girls.
Meet Zainab! A mother of two who was married out as a child bride. Like Zainab, over 6 million girls in Nigeria are forced into marriage at age 15, and live with dire consequences. Hear and Share her story. #SpeakUp. Let’s join the conversation to end child marriage.
The WhatsApp videos—in both English and Swahili—encourage county health and finance officials to allocate funds for YFHS.
Each of the four videos uses data to focus on a theme and make the case for investing in YFHS: spending cost effectively, reducing teenage pregnancy, honoring county commitments, and empowering the future of girls and the county.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, PRB is supporting partners and others by providing information and resources to help communities stay safe. These videos, produced for our partner, Cadres des Religieux pour la Santé et le Développement (CRSD), encourage faith communities in the Sahel region of Africa to worship at home and to adopt other practices to stem the spread of the virus in that region.
As part of the project PRB created this video featuring key members and advisors in the consortium of researchers discussing core areas of focus including the development and use of innovative research methods, capacity-building for early- and mid-career African professionals, and research uptake.
As a complement to the project’s legacy document “Reflections from Five Years of Research on FGM/C” this video highlights the project’s focus on research uptake, including key elements such as engaging stakeholders early and often, communicating in clear, concise formats, and sharing information through a wide range of digital and in-person channels.
In 2018, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) conducted interviews and focus groups in three Ethiopian regions to assess implementation of youth-friendly contraceptive services.
Our research showed that young Ethiopians face barriers like lack of privacy, stigma, and lack of available providers that prevent them from accessing contraceptive services. And although many young people ages 15 to 24 rely on radio and television as their main sources of family planning information, focus group discussions revealed that youth often don’t receive the information they need to prevent unintended pregnancies that may result in unsafe abortions. Despite these barriers, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has made strong policy commitments to provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services—including contraception—to adolescents and youth in health centers and clinics.
Ethiopian youth leaders from IYAFP, with support from PRB, designed advocacy materials that share key data related to youth reproductive health and showcase select findings from the assessment that revealed gaps between policy commitments and implementation.