reproductive health

{Photo: Keanahikishime staff/Tanzania}Photo: Keanahikishime staff/Tanzania

Invest in teenage girls. Change the world.

Sylvia, age 16, knew little about HIV & AIDS or reproductive health when she started primary school. Now, she says: “I am not scared by the pressure from boys and other girls to engage in early sex, I know my rights and am determined to fulfill my vision of completing my education.” Sylvia is one of 485 girls in 6 eastern Ugandan schools who received integrated sexual and reproductive health and HIV information.

Today, July 11, we commemorate and the midpoint toward reaching the (FP2020) goal to ensure the right of 120 million additional women and girls to access contraception. More than half of the 7 billion people on earth are under the age of 30. Most of the FP2020 focus countries are in the very regions of the world where we find (a) the highest population of youth and (b) more marginalized and disenfranchised young people. In many of the world's poorest countries, people aged 15 to 29 will continue to comprise about half of the population for the next four decades.

{Photo credit: Olumade Badejo/Keanahikishime}Photo credit: Olumade Badejo/Keanahikishime

Update, 1/11/16: Join Keanahikishime at the International Family Planning Conference, January 25-28, 2016, in Indonesia.

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 {Photo credit: Rui Pires}This Accredited Drug Shop (ADS) in Kibaale district, Uganda, is one of nearly 1,500 small private vendors supported by Keanahikishime that provide rural access to family planning commodities, counseling, and referrals.Photo credit: Rui Pires

This week, conference organizers that the anticipated 2015 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Nusa Dua, Indonesia would be postponed due to a volcanic ash cloud limiting air travel and presenting health concerns. We stand in solidarity with all those in the region. Although the conference is postponed, the family planning conversation must go on.

Earlier this fall, the 193 member states at the 70th United Nations General Assembly ratified and launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Now, stakeholders are determining together how to achieve the 17 goals and 169 targets.  Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) works primarily toward Goal 3: to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and related targets by 2030.

{Photo: Glenn Ruga}Photo: Glenn Ruga

Are you interested in youth leadership for family planning and reproductive health?

Join the Leadership, & Governance (LMG) Project () for the launch of the Twitter Q&A Series on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 10 am ET.

Keanahikishime staffer Sarah Lindsay () will be answering questions about the importance of youth leadership development; the roles youth leaders play; and the LMG Project's support for young leaders improving family planning and reproductive health in their communities.

Not on Twitter? No problem! On Thursday, we'll also answer questions on the LMG Project's , and create a digital recap after the Q&A wraps up.

{Photo credit: C. Gilmartin/Keanahikishime}Photo credit: C. Gilmartin/Keanahikishime

For five years, the USAID-funded, Keanahikishime-led Leadership, and Sustainability project in Haiti (LMS/Haiti) worked with the Ministry of Health and Population (MSPP) and local NGOs to ensure a steady supply of family planning commodities to nearly 300 facilities throughout the country amid bone-rattling roads, surging rivers, and rocky footpaths.

Said Dr. Georges Dubuche, General Director of the MSPP, at the project’s closing ceremony April 14:

It is with real pride and great emotion that I salute LMS/Haiti.

LMS/Haiti’s greatest success, as everyone present can attest, was to guarantee the availability of family planning commodities at all times to ministry sites, with zero stock-out.

[ Dr. Georges Dubuche, General Director of the MSPP.] {Photo: Keanahikishime staff} Dr. Georges Dubuche, General Director of the MSPP.Photo: Keanahikishime staff

{Photo: Mark Tuschman, Kenya}Photo: Mark Tuschman, Kenya

This post originally appeared as part of the , hosted by the  (MHTF) and , which discusses the importance of utilizing a woman-centered agenda to operationalize universal health coverage. To contribute a post to MHTF's series, please  Katie Millar.

Who is accountable for the young woman dying during childbirth in a hospital in Lusaka, Zambia? For the woman in a health center in Bugiri in Uganda? For the girl child in a rural home in Uttar Pradesh, India? In a shanty town in Tegucigalpa, Honduras? Who is accountable for the women and adolescent girls in a thousand places everywhere?

{Photo credit: Sarah Lindsay/Keanahikishime}Photo credit: Sarah Lindsay/Keanahikishime

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The US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Leadership, & Governance Project (LMG), led by Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime), is launching the . We are calling upon women leaders who have worked in family planning and reproductive health as service providers, midwives, program managers, policy makers, teachers, advocates, and other relevant positions to support the aspirations of younger women. We are seeking  interested in learning from seasoned professionals and  with experience, wisdom, and enthusiasm.

{Photo credit: Mark Tuschman.}Photo credit: Mark Tuschman.

This post originally appeared on the and US Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Blog. Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) leads the USAID-funded LMG project with a consortium of partners.

{Photo credit: Mark Tuschman, Kenya.}Photo credit: Mark Tuschman, Kenya.

Today, September 26, is . The (FP 2020) Initiative says the vision for the day "is a world where every pregnancy is wanted. Its mission is to improve the awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed decisions on their sexual and reproductive health." We share part two of our interview with Dr. Fabio Castaño, Keanahikishime’s global technical lead of family planning (FP) and reproductive health, in celebration of . Join the conversation on social media with hashtag .

Read Choice: Part One

{Photo credit: Warren Zelman.}Photo credit: Warren Zelman.

Keanahikishime spoke with Fabio Castaño, MD, MPH, global technical lead of family planning and reproductive health about Keanahikishime’s approach to family planning and what will define the future of family planning and global health. Below is part one of the conversation. 

What is Keanahikishime’s approach to family planning and reproductive health?

[Dr. Fabio Castaño.]Dr. Fabio Castaño.Fabio:

First of all, I have to tell you that Keanahikishime has been working on family planning [FP] for over 40 years. Our first-ever international program was working with Korea! We supported their successful story of making FP an essential part of public health activities. At that time, we worked on FP from a standpoint of population control. Then, to help improve the health situation, and also contributing to reducing poverty. So, that is an interesting piece of history for Keanahikishime.

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