Shifting behaviors requires new ways of broaching conversations around sexual health. It means harnessing individual voices of young people so that they can make the health decisions that shape their futures. Through A360, more than 280 young people like Ayana are designing this reality.
Across A360’s three countries, girls tell us that motherhood is one of their greatest attainable joys in life. As a result, our programs reframe contraception as a tool to support girls’ self-defined life dreams, including pregnancy when she's ready.
Done right, HCD elevates youth as co-creators of innovative and resonant solutions to their health problems. If not, we enter the murky territory of possibly exposing youth to unnecessary risks. We must commit to integrating ethics into every facet of HCD to protect the dignity and welfare of the young people we work with and for.
From Tanzania to Nigeria and Ethiopia, we’re designing differently and relearning what we thought we knew. We’re respecting the intrinsic skills that young people already have and we’re elevating those into our work.
HCD introduces an innovative approach for how global health partners can actively listen to adolescents to drive hyper-tailored sexual and reproductive health solutions. As Margot Fahnestock says, “It’s a design prescription for a revolution.”
As the World Health Organization’s Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli shares, training alone cannot prepare health workers to deal with questions they often face in providing sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents.
Two in five adolescent girls aged 15-19 across developing countries will experience an unintended pregnancy. More than half of these will end in abortion. Solving this pervading gap requires that the public health community and others recalibrate how it operates, says Nomi Fuchs-Montgomery, the Deputy Director for Evidence and Innovation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Social Behavior Change is key to achieving health impact changing behaviors by addressing opportunities, ability and motivations across the enabling public health environment through traditional and innovative channels.
Adolescent girls everywhere have a lot going on in their lives. The possibility of getting pregnant is just one of them, but it’s one that could change their lives dramatically. And yet there are many girls who aren’t using contraceptives. A360 seeks to revolutionize the way that adolescent girls access contraceptives.
In Part 2 of "Things that make you go 'hmmm...'", Manya Dotson (A360 Director) shares how A360's formative research was different from traditional public health research, in line with human-centered design methodology, and a quest for insights and inspiration.
A search for inspiration and insights was the first leg of Adolescent 360's journey. Over the next few weeks Manya Dotson (A360 Director) will be sharing some reflections about that journey and what we learned along the way. Before we dive in, let’s start with the basics: what exactly is an insight?