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This video provides key information about postabortion care services in Nigeria, including women’s experiences with unsafe abortion, who can access post abortion care, and what can be done to expand access to postabortion care. The conclusions are drawn from surveys of Nigerian women conducted by Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) between 2018 and 2020.

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Why Policy Matters: Stories of Impact on Health and Wellbeing

Product: Videos

Date: November 3, 2020

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.

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Why Policy Matters: Free Maternal Health Care in Kenya Saves Lives

Why Policy Matters: Free Maternal Health Care in Kenya Saves Lives

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.

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Why Policy Matters: Reforms Lead to a Healthy Outlook for Nigerians

Why Policy Matters: Reforms Lead to a Healthy Outlook for Nigerians

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.

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Avortements à risque—une crise pour la RDC et pour la province du Sud-Kivu

Authors: Population Reference Bureau

Date: 20 octobre 2019

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Avortements à risque

Étant un des pays avec la plus forte mortalité maternelle dans le monde, à 846 décès maternels sur 100 000 naissances vivantes, la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) s’engage à réduire les décès évitables, comme ceux dus à l’avortement à risque. La RDC se trouve à un point tournant pour l’expansion de l’accès aux droits sexuels et reproductifs de la femme. En mars 2018, le Protocole de Maputo a été publié dans le Journal Officiel, légalisant l’accès à l’avortement sécurisé dans le pays. Pourtant, depuis ce temps, le progrès sur la mise en œuvre du Protocole de Maputo a pris du temps, pendant que les normes et directives soient développés et disséminés à travers le pays, un processus qui connaît un retard dû à la pandémie COVID-19.

Entretemps, la situation COVID-19 a également augmenté l’urgence sur l’accès aux soins, comme les femmes sont d’autant plus vulnérables aux violences et aux grossesses non-désirées. Dans l’Est de la RDC, ou des décennies de conflit et des crises humanitaires ont contribué à des taux élevés de violences sexuelles et basées sur le genre, le système de santé est affaibli et des femmes continuent à chercher des avortements à risque, mettant leurs vies en danger.

Dans le Sud-Kivu, à l’Est de la RDC, des acteurs locaux s’engagent pour plaider auprès du gouvernement provincial afin de répondre à cette situation urgente et de capitaliser sur le progrès fait pour élargir les droits de la femme pour l’accès à l’avortement sécurisé en RDC. A travers un édit provincial harmonisant les directives sur les soins d’avortement sécurisé, l’allocation de ressources pour l’avortement médicamenteux, et le renforcement de la chaîne d’approvisionnement affaiblie, le Sud-Kivu pourrait répondre aux besoins urgents des femmes et filles, et sauver des vies.

 

 

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Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth

Product: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentation

Author: Health Policy Plus

Date: October 20, 2020

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.

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Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth

Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth

Presentation Guide

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Live Presentation background material

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Malawi ENGAGE™ Media Clips: English

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Malawi ENGAGE™ : Chichewa

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Kukulira Limodzi: Kufesa Mipamba Yangodya Zotukulira Achinyamata m'Malawi

  • Ndondomeko Yoyenera Kutsata Pofotokozera Ndi Kuphunzitsa ( PDF, 4 MB)

Malawi ENGAGE™ Media Clips: Chichewa

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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.

ENGAGE is a trademark of Population Reference Bureau.


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Enhancing Youth Advocacy Through Multimedia Campaigns

Enhancing Youth Advocacy Through Multimedia Campaigns

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PRB inspired – Let Your Voice Be Heard

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.

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.

PACE’s Youth Multimedia Campaigns training program equips youth advocates with the skills to create innovative digital campaigns, tell compelling population health stories, and build movements for policy change within their countries.

PACE’s Youth Multimedia Campaigns training program equips youth advocates with the skills to create innovative digital campaigns, tell compelling population health stories, and build movements for policy change within their countries. Using data-driven multimedia and events, youth participants collaborate with their peers to share powerful advocacy messages focused on the health and well-being of their communities. The PACE training program supports the institutional growth of youth-led organizations as well as a burgeoning network of youth leaders passionate about population dynamics and reproductive health.

PACE has partnered with competitively selected youth-led teams in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Uganda to amplify their policy advocacy on topics such as youth-friendly family planning services, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV), fistula prevention, and maternal health.

Participating youth and their organizations receive tailored technical and leadership training and ongoing mentorship around techniques in policy communication, fact-based and data-driven advocacy, and multimedia production (text, graphics, images, video, and audio). Using accessible technology, including mobile phones and social media platforms, PACE-trained advocates build engaging campaigns focused on specific policy advocacy objectives, targeted at their peers, communities, and key decisionmakers. As part of the program, youth advocates are also expected to provide technical assistance and training to other youth in their communities, passing down their skills, expanding the reach of their campaigns, and sustaining local youth-led policy advocacy.

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Bridge Connect Africa Initiative

Two Nigerian activists, Sani Muhammad and Mubarak Idris, participated in the inaugural year of PACE’s Youth Multimedia Campaigns training program in 2018 and quickly established themselves as outstanding and committed population and reproductive health youth champions. With support from PACE, Muhammad and Idris successfully launched their youth-led organization, Bridge Connect Africa Initiative (BCAI), and partnered with PACE to lead the 2019 training program for two new youth teams in the Kano and Kaduna States of northern Nigeria.

The two campaigns, focused on ending child marriage and increasing access to youth-friendly family planning services, each generated positive policy change. After seeing the PACE-sponsored video and social media campaign generate broad support, the governor of Kano State made a public declaration to end child marriage through support of the Child Protection Bill. While the legislation is still pending, sections of the bill that provide for compulsory schooling for all children as a way of tackling child marriage have been adopted into a state-level policy. In Kaduna State, the governor’s chief of staff committed to sharing a video message to call on the state government to promote availability and access of family planning services for women and young people.

Alumni Showcase

Multimedia campaigns produced by alumni from each cohort of the Youth Multimedia Campaigns training program are highlighted here.

2020 Campaigns: Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, and South Sudan

2019 Campaigns: Kano and Kaduna States, Nigeria

2018 Campaigns: Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda

The Pakistan project team is funded separately by PRB.

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Accessibility of Family Planning Services in Kaduna State: A Story from Rigasa Community

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.

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Child Marriage in Kano Nigeria: A Call for the Domestication of the Child Protection Bill (2018)

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.

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End Child Marriage

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.

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Improving Family Planning Policies to Ensure Zambian Youth Can Choose Their Future

Products: Video, Fact Sheet

Date: 2020

Partner: Marie Stopes Zambia

PRB partnered with Marie Stopes Zambia to create a suite of products aimed at convincing policymakers within Zambia’s Ministry of Health of the need to support young people’s access to contraceptives as outlined in Zambia’s FP2020 Commitment.

  • A fact sheet supports the disaggregation of family planning data to save costs and increase impact in youth family planning.
  • A video seeks clarity on polices regarding the provision of contraceptive services for adolescents who do not have parental consent.

Zambian adolescents face many barriers when they seek contraceptive services, including vague policies around the age of consent for family planning. When providers are left without clear direction from policies and legislation, adolescents who do not have parental consent are often turned away from health clinics and don’t receive the family planning they need.

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Give Zambia’s Youth the Right to Choose Their Future

Give Zambia’s Youth the Right to Choose Their Future

Recent data shows that adolescents are less likely than other age groups to have their demand for family planning met by modern contraceptives, but the inequities within age groups are only revealed through age disaggregation. Under current practices, health facilities summarize data before they enter it into the health information system, leaving policymakers without the insights that disaggregated data would provide. As a result, policymakers are constrained in their ability to effectively design policies and implement programs to address inequities among the adolescent and youth populations.

By taking steps to improve the collection and use of age-disaggregated data in national information systems and clarify policies concerning age of consent, the Government of Zambia can fulfill its FP2020 commitment to address barriers to adequate access to sexual and reproductive services for adolescents and youth. And the Zambian government will be able to invest in more evidence-driven policies and programs that support a bright future for the country’s youth.

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Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health to Give Mombasa’s Youth a Bright Future

Product: Videos

Date: 2020

Partner: Stretchers Youth Organization

PRB partnered with Mombasa-based Stretchers Youth Organization to develop an engaging visual presentation and series of WhatsApp videos that call on Mombasa County, Kenya, health and finance officials to improve the budgets for adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH). Specifically, the products seek an increase in the allocation of health budget funds to the line item that houses AYSRH and to allocate part of the AYSRH budget to youth-friendly health services (YFHS).

Mombasa County has a youthful population, with more than 240,000 people between the ages of 15 and 24. Among this age group, 38% of women want to delay or prevent pregnancy, but only 6% of young men and women accessed contraceptives in 2019. Strengthening youth-friendly service delivery is proven to increase youth’s access to and use of contraception. Mombasa County allocated KES500,000 to AYSRH in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019/20, but more investment is needed to ensure contraceptives are available and accessible to all young people.

The presentation that PRB and Stretchers Youth Organization developed illustrates the barriers that prevent young people from accessing and using contraception—such as provider attitudes and social norms—and emphasizes that youth’s need for contraceptives will grow over time. Acknowledging the county’s allocation to AYSRH in FY2019/20, it highlights examples of youth-friendly service elements that the county could fund and that are proven to increase contraceptive use among young people. The presentation also shows that although the county health budget is increasing, in the last three years less than 1% of it has been allocated to Preventative and Promotive Health, the budget line that houses AYSRH. It concludes with a call for the Mombasa County Executive Committee Members for Health and Finance and Mombasa County Assembly Health Finance Committees to:

  • Increase allocation of health budget funds to the Preventative and Promotive Health program line to at least 5% over time.
  • Allocate part of the AYSRH budget specifically to youth-friendly health services.
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Invest In a Bright Future for Mombasa's Youth

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.

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Save money for Mombasa County (English)

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Decrease the teenage pregnancy rate in Mombasa County (English)

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Honor Mombasa County’s commitments to AYSRH (English)

Honor Mombasa County’s commitments to AYSRH (English)

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Empower the future of girls and the county (English)

Empower the future of girls and the county (English)

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Save money for Mombasa County (Swahili)

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Empower the future of girls and the county (Swahili)

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Supporting Coronavirus Outreach in Sub-Saharan Africa

Product: Videos

Author: Population Reference Bureau

Date: April 13, 2020

Partner: Cadres des Religieux pour la Santé et le Développement (CRSD)

All Together Against COVID 19 (Tous ensemble contre la COVID 19)

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All Together Against COVID 19 (Tous ensemble contre la COVID 19)

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Tous ensemble contre la COVID 19 (Wolof)

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.

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Ensuring All Bangladeshi Youth Have Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services

Products: Videos, Brochure

Date: 2020

Partner: SERAC-Bangladesh

Young people in Bangladesh lack sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services, putting them at risk for unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and maternal mortality. Two out of five mothers under age 25 in Bangladesh reported that their last pregnancy was unintended. And since government facilities are only required to provide SRH information and services to married couples, unmarried young people face increased barriers. Yet more than four out of five adolescents ages 15 to 19 have never been married and no national-level data exists to measure their SRH needs.

PRB partnered with SERAC-Bangladesh to develop a brochure and short video series that call on the Directorate General of Family Planning and other decisionmakers to ensure the right of both married and unmarried adolescents to comprehensive SRH information and services as outlined in the National Strategy for Adolescent Health, 2017-2030.

The brochure emphasizes the lack of quality data on SRH representing all adolescents and details the benefits of the government collecting this data. It calls on the National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT) and the Directorates General of Family Planning and Health Services to commission the first ever National Adolescent Health Survey and segment SRH data by adolescents’ marital status.

The video series features interviews with young people in Bangladesh as they highlight the need for increased SRH information and services. It targets the Directorate General of Family Planning and advocates for:

  • Recruitment and training of two volunteers at each family welfare center to provide comprehensive information on sexual and reproductive health to all young people ages 10 to 24.
  • Removal of the couple number column from the family planning service form.1
  • Extension of service hours at adolescent-friendly health corners to be more convenient for young people, including weekends, by mid-2020.
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Overview: Our Bodies, Our Rights

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Training Volunteers

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Reflections From Five Years of Research on FGM/C

Product: Interactive Report, Videos

Authors: Lori S. Ashford Reshma Naik Charlotte Greenbaum

Date: February 25, 2020

Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is a core partner on the Population Council-led consortium Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive—a UKAID-funded research program to help end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) within one generation. PRB’s role is to build the consortium’s capacity for research uptake and to develop innovative tools and products to improve how researchers communicate their findings about FGM/C to key decisionmakers.

From 2015 to 2019, the African-led consortium developed innovative research methods and uncovered new evidence about the practice and how it is changing—focusing on families and communities, and health and legal systems—in eight countries: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, and Sudan. Its aim was to bring clarity to a complex field and to converge on findings and recommendations for ending the practice in diverse communities. The program’s many resources, tools, and guides are available to researchers, program planners and managers, and funders to support abandonment efforts.

Uniquely, the consortium:

  • Used a theory of change and an understanding of local and national needs to guide the program.
  • Strengthened the capacity of early- to mid-career African researchers in anglophone, francophone, and Arabic-speaking regions.
  • Examined FGM/C within the wider context of girls’ and women’s rights.
  • Engaged with stakeholders before, during, and after the research to ensure the evidence would inform policies, programs, and investments.
  • Communicated evidence to diverse audiences in-person and online using the latest platforms and technologies.

The consortium owes its successes to the innovative research methods, new evidence uncovered, and strong partnerships forged. Going forward, such partnerships among capable institutions with well-established national, regional, and global networks will be key to facilitating how such evidence moves policy and program actions forward.

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Reflections From Five Years of Research

Reflections From Five Years of Research

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.

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A Focus on 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.

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Evidence to End FGM/C Consortium Members and Advisors

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