Gates Institute's World Contraception Day Celebration Welcomed Over 1,000 Registrants

In celebration of World Contraception day on September 26, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health hosted a World Contraception Day Celebration Webinar Series featuring three sessions co-hosted by 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders and the International Conference on Family Planning. Through the series, Gates Institute was able to convene global attendees across the three consecutive sessions, and was featured in Bayer’s collection of World Contraception Day events hosted globally by the sexual and reproductive health community.

Across all events, we were pleased to welcome over 1,000 registrants committed to improving family planning, AYSRH programming, and strengthening the movement for universal health coverage that includes FP & SRHR care for all. Initial reports indicate that we reached over 250,000 people thanks to the continued commitment and engagement of our attendees and community, and will continue to broaden this reach as the recordings are shared more broadly within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and our larger SRHR community. The ICFP website saw a particularly large increase in web traffic, social media follows, and general engagement, with over 5,000 site visits on 22 September alone. Other metrics show that Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya boasted the most number of event attendees across all cities, showcasing the ever-increasing desire and need for these events to continue despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

To kick off the series on 22 September, the 120 Under 40 Ingenuity Fund Award Winners Panel featured five projects funded through the 2020 Ingenuity Fund. The  winners gathered to share their innovative projects and ingenious ideas on how they have addressed both COVID-19 and the reproductive health challenges in an integrated way. The panel featured all seven winners of the 2020 Ingenuity Fund:  Adebisi AdenipekunMargaret BolajiAndrea DeMariaAlison HooverNkasiObim NeboJacqueline Fonkwo, and June Low.

 

 

 

Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng and the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning Secretariat brought together three distinguished youth family planning champions from around the world, Vithika YadavMargaret Bolaji, and Kerigo Odada, to discuss what is being done to protect access to family planning during the pandemic in ICFP’s first-ever episode of The Pulse of Family Planning with Dr. T which welcomed over 700 global participants. We also launched the newest ICFP community action, The Power of Family Planning, a special video campaign for our community members to share why family planning is so powerful in their lives.

 

 

 

Lastly, Gates Institute hosted “AYSRH in Action” with 2017 120 Under 40 Winner Joshua Dilawar, featuring GI-supported programs share their exciting global adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) work – showcasing advocacy and program implementation successes and informative research that reveals the impact COVID-19 is having on contraceptive use among young people.

 

 

 

This event series was made possible by the panelists, moderators, organizers, and facilitators who dedicated their time and resources to creating and executing engaging panels focused on spotlighting youth initiatives, stories, and experiences with contraception.

I want to first thank the ten 120 Under 40 winners —  Adebisi AdenipekunMargaret BolajiAndrea DeMariaAlison HooverNkasiObim NeboJacqueline FonkwoJune Low,  Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, Vithika Yadav, and Joshua Dilawar — for their time and participation in the recording, presenting, and facilitating of all three sessions. A special thank you to Dr. T,  Joshua Dilawar and Jordan Freeman for their excellent work moderating their panels and creating a space for an engaging and valuable conversation.

I also want to thank the of Gates Institute’s Anchor team who designed, organized, recorded, edited, promoted, and produced all three sessions. Congratulations to Christina Cherel, Jordan Freeman, Darby Major, Anastasia Pierron, and Kellie Welborn for working hard to make sure all three sessions were a success.

Finally, I want to thank all the members of our GI staff who volunteered their time and efforts; we are so grateful for your participation. Thank you to Krishna Bose, Kate Graham, Laura O’Donnell, Sabrina Karklins, Sarah Whitmarsh, Laura Wells, and all the Gates Institute program managers for helping to organize speakers, topics, presentations, and translation. And of course, a big kudos to ICFP’s communications experts Matt Matassa and Katherine Davis for their work in helping to design and promote the ICFP session.

We look forward to future opportunities to share with our community the essential work the Gates Institute, its partners, and members of the community is doing to promote youth voices, initiatives, and perspectives. 

 

Jose "Oying" Rimon II
Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University