Updates from Winners of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders

When Maia (Freudenberger) Ramarosandratana was selected as a 120 Under 40 winner in 2017, her youth-led organization, Projet Jeune Leader, was delivering sexual health education in 12 public middle schools in Madagascar. Now, Projet Jeune Leader is working in 57 schools and counting. By demonstrating the quality and impact of their model, as well as showcasing how their approach deeply resonates with communities, in 2020 Projet Jeune Leader secured an unprecedented partnership agreement with the national Ministry of Education. Even though this type of partnership at the national level is rare, given the sensitivity and resistance surrounding sexual health education, Projet Jeune Leader now has a clear path to deliver their program in any public school across the island. With this major win, Maia and her colleagues at Projet Jeune Leader continue to work towards achieving their vision where every young person in Madagascar accesses quality, in-school sexual health education. 

After working for seven years on sexual and reproductive health and rights, Ingenuity Fund winner Laraib Abid developed Pakistan’s first recognized Mobile Application 'Bridge The GAP' which focuses on family planning information, clinics, SRH products, and scaling up. Laraib has been advocating continuously and has engaged stakeholders, beneficiaries, policy makers and Government Departments during COVID-19, with innovative digital engagement. Laraib was recently invited as a Youth Expert Panelist for Policy Recommendation. The Government of Pakistan embarked on a consultative and participative process and he has since been taken on board by the Government Of Pakistan, at Prime Minister National Youth Council. She will be working directly with Government Policy Makers and influential leaders as a Young Representative.

Ash Rogers (2016 winner) and Lwala Community Alliance, an organization serving over 100,000 people with access to quality primary health care, will be the recipient of a significant donation from MacKenzie Scott’s foundation. The organization believes community-led health generates impact. Since the organization started their work in Lwala, there was a 64% reduction in child deaths, a 73% reduction in infant deaths, a 300% increase in contraceptive use, and 98% childhood immunization rates. In the continued fight against the scourge of HIV/AIDS, 98% of HIV-exposed infants supported by Lwala during pregnancy tested negative 18 months after birth.

Morenike Fajemisin (2016 winner) and her organization, WHISPA HEALTH LTD, recently won the Bayer Women Empowerment award in May 2021. The award Rewards female entrepreneurs as role models and empowers them to scale their social enterprises across Africa. The program is embedded in a growth accelerator as well as an alumni & investor network, leveraging Bayer's global organization. The award aims to realize a shared vision of a world with Health for all and Hunger for none. WHISPA is a mobile application that provides young people with private, even anonymous access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information, products, and services.


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Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 10:00