MOMENTUM Webinar Series: Lifting and Harnessing the Power of Youth

Published on September 19, 2022

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MOMENTUM partners with country governments, faith-based organizations, civil society, and youth-focused partners in more than 30 countries to increase health knowledge and demand for health services, shift social and gender norms in communities, improve access to quality health services, and build health systems that respond to and meet the needs of adolescents and youth.  On September 22 and 29, 2022, MOMENTUM held two webinars featuring lessons learned from across MOMENTUM’s youth programs in the public and private sectors.

September 22, 8-9:00am EDT

Improving health and gender equality among very young adolescents: Harnessing the power of faith-based organizations

On September 22, 2022, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership held a webinar exploring how two faith-based organizations in Bangladesh implemented gender transformative approaches to improve health and gender equality among very young adolescents, their families, and communities. French and Bengali interpretation will be available.

Representatives from World Renew and LAMB discussed their experiences implementing Save the Children’s evidence-based Choices, Voices, Promises intervention and lessons learned that can be applied for future locally-led programming that engages very young adolescents. Reaching this age group—adolescents aged 10 to 14—is critical to laying the foundation for positive reproductive health outcomes, addressing inequitable gender attitudes and behaviors before they are set in stone, and helping prevent early marriage and childbearing.

Presenters included:

  • Dr. Bapon Mankhin, Director, Community Health and Development Program, LAMB
  • Shagota Chisim, Capacity Development Manager, World Renew Bangladesh
  • Meroji Sebany, Adolescent and Reproductive Health Advisor, Save the Children, United States

The discussion was moderated by Liza Talukder, Project Management Specialist, USAID Bangladesh Office of Population Health and Nutrition.

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Principles to Practice: How Momentum Private Healthcare Delivery Is Operationalizing Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement in Benin, Malawi, and Mali

On September 29, 2022 MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery held a webinar to discuss how the project is putting Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement (MAYE) into practice across activities in Benin, Malawi, and Mali. Participants heard from project staff in each of these countries on how different aspects of MAYE have been incorporated into local activities, from digital health interventions to building local youth capacity to behavior change activities. Country presentations were followed by a discussion on persistent challenges in operationalizing MAYE.

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