young people – Hilpers http://hilpers.org/ Sun, 27 Mar 2022 06:03:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://hilpers.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png young people – Hilpers http://hilpers.org/ 32 32 Britain gives $19m to UN family planning program in Iraq – Middle East Monitor https://hilpers.org/britain-gives-19m-to-un-family-planning-program-in-iraq-middle-east-monitor/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/britain-gives-19m-to-un-family-planning-program-in-iraq-middle-east-monitor/ The UK is investing $19 million in the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) multi-year family planning program in Iraq, the UN agency announcement yesterday. The statement said the new partnership will improve national policies and regulations on access to family planning with a focus on young people and vulnerable groups. “It will also educate policy […]]]>

The UK is investing $19 million in the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) multi-year family planning program in Iraq, the UN agency announcement yesterday.

The statement said the new partnership will improve national policies and regulations on access to family planning with a focus on young people and vulnerable groups.

“It will also educate policy makers, community leaders and influencers about family planning, reproductive rights and the dangers of child marriage,” he added.

According to the declaration, the contribution will enable all women, young people and people with disabilities to access good quality family planning services, reliable and age-appropriate information, life skills, education on reproductive health and rights and to better understand the negative consequences of child marriage.

The statement quotes the British Ambassador to Iraq, Mark Bryson-Richardson, as saying: “The UK is delighted to work with UNFPA and the Iraqi government to support Iraq’s family planning strategy. This will see local communities, especially young people and women, able to make informed choices about their reproductive health and have access to quality health care. Investing in family planning has very high returns, both directly to health and households, as well as broader economic and political stability.

Acknowledging the UK support, UNFPA Representative in Iraq Dr Rita Columbia said: “This funding will help empower families and women to make informed choices about when to have children that will improve the health of mothers and children, and the general well-being of families.The project will also support the prevention of early marriage and the empowerment of girls and women to contribute to their communities.

READ: Tony Blair admits he ‘may have been wrong’ to invade Afghanistan and Iraq

]]>
SERAC-Bangladesh Hosts Youth Family Planning Meeting https://hilpers.org/serac-bangladesh-hosts-youth-family-planning-meeting/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/serac-bangladesh-hosts-youth-family-planning-meeting/ SERAC-Bangladesh held a meeting with journalists on the Youth Family Planning Policy Dashboard. SERAC-Bangladesh Executive Director SM Shaikat chaired the meeting held at the Bishwa Shahitto Kendro building in the capital on Saturday, a press release read. SERAC-Bangladesh CCSC officials Khadija Kalam and Monower Hossian who helped translate the dashboard into Bengali were present on […]]]>

SERAC-Bangladesh held a meeting with journalists on the Youth Family Planning Policy Dashboard.

SERAC-Bangladesh Executive Director SM Shaikat chaired the meeting held at the Bishwa Shahitto Kendro building in the capital on Saturday, a press release read.

SERAC-Bangladesh CCSC officials Khadija Kalam and Monower Hossian who helped translate the dashboard into Bengali were present on the occasion.

The dashboard was developed by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and launched in Bangladesh by SERAC in February this year.

SM Shaikat introduced the Youth Family Planning Policy Dashboard and shared information on the family planning (FP) policy environment of Bangladesh as depicted in the dashboard. The eight indicators which include parental and spousal consent, provider authorization, restrictions based on age, restrictions based on marital status, access to a full range of FP methods, comprehensive sex education (CSE), youth-friendly FP service delivery, and social networking environment; and four categories of green, yellow, red and gray colors have been described to better understand the current political scenario.

In addition, demands from youth across the country regarding access to FP services were also discussed to showcase the importance of forming a supportive and youth-friendly settlement environment.

Taboos and neglect of adolescent and youth reproductive health issues were also addressed by journalists. The meeting was organized to share information as well as to activate cooperation with the media and journalists to draw the attention of policy makers to take the necessary measures to improve the environment for young people.

]]>
How do non-parental family members affect the housing stability of LGBTQ youth? https://hilpers.org/how-do-non-parental-family-members-affect-the-housing-stability-of-lgbtq-youth/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 19:21:41 +0000 https://hilpers.org/how-do-non-parental-family-members-affect-the-housing-stability-of-lgbtq-youth/ Some LGBTQ youth rejected by their parents end up living on the streets or in other homeless situations. But not all LGBTQ youth facing parental rejection end up in shelters or on the outside. A UC Riverside professor aims to uncover the role that other family members, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, play in […]]]>

Some LGBTQ youth rejected by their parents end up living on the streets or in other homeless situations. But not all LGBTQ youth facing parental rejection end up in shelters or on the outside. A UC Riverside professor aims to uncover the role that other family members, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, play in housing outcomes. The study is the first to examine how support from nonparental parents shapes housing stability and security.

Brandon Andrew Robinson with a copy of their book on LGBTQ youth homelessness, “Coming Out to the Streets”.

Brandon Andrew Robinson, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies, received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study LGBTQ youth with low parental support in California’s Inland Empire region of the South and South Texas to find out whether nonparental parents who provide practical and emotional support improve housing outcomes for youth. Robinson’s collaborator on the project, Amy Stone, a professor of sociology and anthropology at Trinity University in Texas, also received $300,000. Robinson and Stone plan to interview and survey 80 mostly working-class, rural, and black, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous young people multiple times over a 14-month period to observe how their circumstances change over time.

“With this study, we hope to expand the often overemphasis on parent-child relationships in the LGBTQ family support literature to examine the roles of other family members,” Robinson said. “In doing so, we seek to provide key practices that non-relative family members engage in that provide support and security and reduce housing instability. We will transform these practices into programming to cultivate loved ones as valuable allies for LGBTQ youth.

One in 10 (about 3.5 million) young people between the ages of 18 and 25 experience housing instability each year in the United States. About 40% of them are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ). They are also disproportionately young in color. Previous research has investigated rejection, family violence, family and residential instability, histories of poverty, and discrimination within child care systems as pathways to homelessness, but none has been found. focused on the role of non-parental family members.

Robinson’s previous work with LGBTQ youth in homeless shelters and drop-in centers in Texas found that family rejection in the context of poverty, racism, and instability, as well as social institutions that regulate gender and sexuality, create violent spaces that push young people out.

When presenting the results of this previous study, Robinson was often asked what happens to LGBTQ youth experiencing housing instability who do not end up in shelters. Given the design of Robinson’s previous study, they could not answer this question. Robinson surmised, however, that young people who were not in shelters, but had left the parental home, had other family members to rely on for support and stability. Current research fills this research gap that misses the role that non-parental family members can play in helping young people stay housed and safe.

The new project will use social media, paid social media ads and mailing lists of local LGBTQ organizations to reach young people with low parental support who do not feel safe but are not yet homeless. Two-thirds of the youth will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous LGBTQ youth, and a quarter will come from rural areas to understand how race and place shape their family experiences.

“As LGBTQ youth of color disproportionately constitute homeless LGBTQ youth, we feel it is critical to ensure that our study primarily includes Black, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous LGBTQ youth,” Robinson said. “We also hypothesize that instrumental and emotional support may be particularly critical for rural LGBTQ youth and for Black, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous LGBTQ youth who often already rely more heavily on extended kinship networks for family support. We want to capture these intersecting dynamics.

Header photo: Rajiv Perera on Unsplash

]]>
Refugees flee Ukraine-Russia conflict with pets and family members https://hilpers.org/refugees-flee-ukraine-russia-conflict-with-pets-and-family-members/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 18:32:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/refugees-flee-ukraine-russia-conflict-with-pets-and-family-members/ Ten days after Russia invaded Ukraine, 1.45 million people have fled the battered country, according to a UN affiliate. SIRET, Romania — Life and death choices leave little time for feelings. War refugees fleeing Russian munitions in Ukraine grabbed only the essentials for their journey to safety: key documents, a beloved pet, often not even […]]]>

Ten days after Russia invaded Ukraine, 1.45 million people have fled the battered country, according to a UN affiliate.

SIRET, Romania — Life and death choices leave little time for feelings. War refugees fleeing Russian munitions in Ukraine grabbed only the essentials for their journey to safety: key documents, a beloved pet, often not even a change of clothes.

Lena Nesterova remembers the hour when her fate was sealed: February 24, 5:34 a.m., the first explosions in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, which signaled the dreaded Russian invasion.

Driven by fear, she said, they took “an only daughter, a dog, all the documents and left Kiev with only the clothes on their backs.”

“We left everything. We have no clothes, nothing,” Nesterova said, adding. “And we don’t know what will come after.”

His daughter, Margo, 18, cradled the family toy Chihuahua, lovingly dressed in a purple puffer jacket, from the safety of a refugee camp in the border town of Siret, Romania.

Ten days after Russia invaded Ukraine, 1.45 million people have fled the battered country, according to the UN-affiliated Organization for Migration in Geneva. The UN has predicted that the total number of refugees could reach 4 million, to become the biggest crisis of this century in this century.

Most arrived in Poland and other neighboring European Union countries, with the bloc granting people fleeing Ukraine temporary protection and residency permits. Some are starting to go to more distant countries.

More than 100,000 have reached Slovakia, with many planning to continue to the neighboring Czech Republic which has a large Ukrainian community. The Czech authorities are creating classes for thousands of children who will receive an education in their native Ukrainian.

Hundreds of people arrive every day by train in the German capital, Berlin. Further afield in Italy, 10,000 refugees have arrived, 40% of them children, with the Education Ministry indicating plans to get them into classrooms so they can integrate.

Iryna Bogavchuk wanted to be lightweight for the trip to Romania from Chernivtsi, through the Carpathian Mountains in southern Ukraine, just 40 kilometers (30 miles) – and what feels like a lifetime – away. In better times, his hometown was teeming with young people, drawn to the university whose 19th-century architecture earned it a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

“I took my daughter,” she said, caressing the child who was sleeping on her lap. “I hope we will be fine.”

Instead of personal effects, which would have weighed her down, Bogavchuk brought Polaroids, which she rummages through her wallet to produce. Happier times: his daughter’s 10th birthday; a photo with her husband, whom she left behind as Ukrainian men of military age are banned from leaving the country. “I miss him,” she said, bursting into tears.

Ludmilla Nadzemovska traveled to Hungary from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. She planned for the worst: buying travel crates for her four cats a month ago when US intelligence indicated Russia’s intention to invade. But the decision to leave was made in an instant: after learning that his neighbors had been killed by Russian forces.

“I want to go back,” she said, sitting in a camp in Tiszabecs, Hungary, just across the border. “But my priority is my family and pets.”

In neighboring Moldova, a non-EU country nestled between Ukraine and Romania, hundreds of Roma families are hosted at a sports complex in the capital, Chisinau.

Maria Cherepovskaia, 50, walked the first 15 kilometers from her home in the eastern Russian-controlled enclave of Donetsk. She received help from people, including transport and food, to make the rest of the nearly 900 kilometer journey to Moldova.

“We will be here until the end of the war. We don’t know where to go,” she said. “There they bomb. Much, too much, what can we do?

Bela Szandelszky in Tiszabecs, Hungary, Helena Alves in Chisinau, Moldova, Karel Janicek in Prague and Frances D’Emilio in Rome contributed.

]]>
In New Hampshire, Secretary Becerra Highlighted the Importance of Family Planning and Mental Health Funding https://hilpers.org/in-new-hampshire-secretary-becerra-highlighted-the-importance-of-family-planning-and-mental-health-funding/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 01:23:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/in-new-hampshire-secretary-becerra-highlighted-the-importance-of-family-planning-and-mental-health-funding/ Today, March 4, 2022, in Manchester, New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra visited a community health center for youth and families and led two panel discussions highlighting the Biden-Harris administration’s support for family planning programs. and mental health services. Throughout the trip, he spoke with state and federal leaders […]]]>

Today, March 4, 2022, in Manchester, New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra visited a community health center for youth and families and led two panel discussions highlighting the Biden-Harris administration’s support for family planning programs. and mental health services. Throughout the trip, he spoke with state and federal leaders and healthcare workers who have supported their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary Becerra began his day at the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, where he toured the facility with Mayor of Manchester Joyce Craig, State Senators Lou D’Allesandro, Kevin Cavanaugh and Donna Soucy, Deputy Secretary to health, Admiral Rachel Levine, and leaders of the club. The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester has been an important community resource and has provided local young people with a safe place to thrive, which is essential to their well-being and mental health.

Later in the day, Secretary Becerra visited Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE), where he spoke with patients and providers about the Biden-Harris administration’s unwavering support for family planning programs under X. Following the PPNNE visit, he led a roundtable with Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, Congressman Chris Pappas, Assistant Secretary of Health Admiral Rachel Levine and PPNNE stakeholders, where the group stressed the importance of protecting access to health care, including reproductive health care and the peace of mind that goes with it. Secretary Becerra heard directly from a patient who had gone to Planned Parenthood for years to access reproductive health services because she trusted them to provide empathetic, science-based care.

In October, HHS updated the previous administration’s family planning rule, which kicked Planned Parenthood and other health centers out of the Title X program, stifling access to reproductive care. As a result of this update, Title X family planning funding was restored to PPNNE and other health centers across the country.

Secretary Becerra reiterated the HHS constant support to protect access to safe and legal abortions and highlighted the reinvestments HHS has made in family planning under the Biden-Harris administration. As a recipient of a federal Title X Family Planning Program grant, PPNNE received $500,000 to meet urgent needs for family planning services in January 2022. This funding represents a portion of the largest $298 million HHS and the Biden-Harris administration have allocated to strengthen the Title X Family Planning Program, which is dedicated to providing comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services, including breast and cervical cancer screening uterus, contraceptive counseling and care, and STI/HIV screening.

“The Biden-Harris administration understands that our nation’s family planning clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, play a critical role in achieving the goals the president set out on Tuesday,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said.

Secretary Becerra concluded the trip with a visit to Amoskeag Health, a federally licensed health center focused on behavioral health services, the first of many stops on his recently announced nationwide tour to strengthen mental health. In Amoskeag, the Secretary participated in a roundtable with Congressman Chris Pappas, Mayor Joyce Craig, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Addictions, Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, and other state leaders and clinic staff. . The roundtable discussed new and innovative ways to address the mental health crisis, including Amoskeag’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team (ACERT) – a team comprised of a police officer, an emergency services advocate and a behavioral health professional who is deployed to serve children who have been exposed to violence. Before the end of the roundtable, Secretary Becerra emphasized that mental and behavioral health is a priority at HHS, a priority that received a record $3 billion investments in recent months thanks to the American Rescue Plan.

]]>
Groups Engage Ebonyi Stakeholders on Family Planning – https://hilpers.org/groups-engage-ebonyi-stakeholders-on-family-planning/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 19:58:14 +0000 https://hilpers.org/groups-engage-ebonyi-stakeholders-on-family-planning/ The high rate of adolescents and youth dropping out of school has become a growing concern among stakeholders in the education and health sectors in Nigeria. Although poverty has been implicated as being at the center of this development, issues of teenage pregnancy and reproductive health in general have been a major concern. The increase […]]]>

The high rate of adolescents and youth dropping out of school has become a growing concern among stakeholders in the education and health sectors in Nigeria. Although poverty has been implicated as being at the center of this development, issues of teenage pregnancy and reproductive health in general have been a major concern.

The increase in sexuality and sexual adventures among adolescents, young minors, reinforced by the current and unbridled access to technological devices, has made it necessary to seek corresponding corrective actions to save the future of children.

Whenever a teenager has uninformed and unprotected sex, the possible dangers could be unwanted pregnancy for the woman and/or reproductive illness for both sexes. All have the potential to jeopardize their future. Possible complications resulting from such a development have led to deaths and fatalities.

It is in an effort to resolve some of the above issues that the Novel Association for Youth Advocacy, NAYA, in conjunction with the Civil Resource Development and Documentation Center, CIRDDOC, with the support of the Population Reference Bureau, PRB, non-governmental organizations, recently organized a one-day multi-stakeholder dialogue in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

The dialogue centered on the implementation of the Youth Family Planning Policy Scorecard as well as an assessment of Nigeria’s policy environment for youth and adolescent family planning.

Participants were drawn from civil society organizations, traditional and religious institutions, youth and adolescent groups, and other stakeholders from the health and education sectors.

Setting the tone for the dialogue, Program Officer, CIRDDOC, Ebonyi State, Goodness Mgbaja, highlighted some troubling issues regarding adolescent reproductive health in the state. She noted that young people in Ebonyi State do not have access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, tailored to their needs. Biased judgment and hostile attitudes of health workers towards young people seeking such services was also a problem.

Young people’s access to contraceptives was often deliberately restricted by most service providers on the basis of marital status and/or some unfounded personal beliefs, despite the fact that there was no law limiting these rights. .

Participants agreed that providing young people and adolescents with free information and access to family planning and other reproductive health services at health facilities was an effective way to secure their future.

They also advocated for the formal introduction and maintenance of sex education in school curricula, where adolescents would be properly educated about their sexuality, in order to prevent misinformation and misdirection from peers.

Speaking at the event, Abakaliki Health Ministry Director of Adolescent Health, Rosegold Okoro said the ministry, aware of the importance of adolescents and young people, has established the Department of department to address their issues.

Okoeo said, “The teenager is in a very adventurous stage of development where a lot of changes are happening.

“People at this stage need protection and guidance, in order to make informed choices for their own good and that of society in general.

“The ministry has worked with its relevant agencies such as hospitals, primary health care facilities and their service providers to ensure that all have equal access to reproductive health services.

“Although we are limited by some widespread cultural beliefs, ignorance and religious beliefs, we will continue to move forward for the sake of our future.”

Other contributors including Chinyere Eziuloh of the state Department of Education; Marcelina Ibina, Director, Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development; The Traditional Leader of Oriuzor Community in Ezza North Local Government Area of ​​the State, HRH Gabriel Nwite Ngele further stressed the need for parents, school and other relevant authorities to make the tail behind the advocacy, if we are to curb the school dropout rate, reduce the mortality rate and secure a better future for our children.

Ngele said, “If we don’t teach our children about their sexuality, they will surely learn it through technology, most of the time in distorted forms.

“Almost all young people today have smartphones with which they have unlimited access to the Internet.

“So we can no longer rely solely on our family values ​​and upbringing to shape their future.

“If we turn our faces away to pretend, we risk losing them or seeing their future truncated, and I believe that is not our choice.

“I support that we give them comprehensive sex education, starting at home, and encourage them to seek professional advice and services.”

Speaking on behalf of the youth, Oluchi Esther Nwite, State Representative, Pan African Youth Leaders, PANAFYL, pointed out that denying young adolescents, especially girls, access to family planning services and reproductive health is a violation of their rights and should be considered an aspect of gender-based violence.

Nwite said, “As a single young girl, I own my body and my future.

“Therefore, I should have the right to receive unbiased treatment and access to services that would help me take charge of both my body and my future.

“Anything less than that is an offense and should be considered abuse.”

For the Church, however, Reverend Vincent Nwachukwu of the Methodist Care Ministry insisted that the Church cannot go beyond advocating sexual abstinence for unmarried young people.

“We cannot preach the use of condoms.

“We cannot preach contraceptives to young people.

“We insist on abstinence as the only remedy for premarital pregnancies, infections and all the consequences that come with them,” he said.

Nevertheless, the majority of participants believed that the high maternal mortality in Ebonyi State, teenage marriages and the school dropout rate of teenage girls would significantly reduce if all concerned take appropriate action.

]]>
Stop Stigmatizing Young People Who Access Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services – YARO https://hilpers.org/stop-stigmatizing-young-people-who-access-reproductive-health-and-family-planning-services-yaro/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 16:15:31 +0000 https://hilpers.org/stop-stigmatizing-young-people-who-access-reproductive-health-and-family-planning-services-yaro/ Youth Advocacy on Rights and Opportunities (YARO) Executive Director, Douri Bennin Hajei, has called on parents and opinion leaders to end the stigma against young people accessing reproductive health and family planning services. According to him, stigma makes it difficult for young people to access these services and ends up with disastrous consequences such as […]]]>

Youth Advocacy on Rights and Opportunities (YARO) Executive Director, Douri Bennin Hajei, has called on parents and opinion leaders to end the stigma against young people accessing reproductive health and family planning services.

According to him, stigma makes it difficult for young people to access these services and ends up with disastrous consequences such as teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

He said most of those who defame young people’s access to reproductive health and family planning services are relatives, urging them to avoid this.

The director said this during a media engagement on the implementation of a youth-led social accountability mechanism on youth access to reproductive health and family planning services.

Douri Bennin Yajei said YARO is implementing these activities in 28 health facilities in four municipalities in the North region.

The project aims to improve young people’s access to reproductive health and family planning services.

The municipalities are Sagnarigu, Nadowli Kaleo, Yendi and Sisala Est.

Douri Bennin Hajei said youth reproductive health awareness in these areas is very low, which YARO is working hard to improve.

In their desire to reduce the rate of stigma attached to young people’s access to reproductive health and family planning services, he said that YARO uses a community scorecard to implement this project.

This, he said, provides YARO and its partners with an opportunity to understand the challenges young people face when accessing reproductive health and family planning services at various health facilities in northern Ghana. .

The Director called for the improvement of private structures in health facilities where young people can go and access reproductive health and family planning services without being stigmatized.

He also called on the media to help educate parents and opinion leaders to avoid stigmatizing young people in their quest to access reproductive health and family planning services.

YARO is a youth, women, and child-focused NGO concerned with solving adolescent reproductive health and family planning issues in communities and funded by a USAID project called Momentum Country and Global Leadership (MCGL).

]]>
Donner: Family Service of Roanoke Valley Draws Attention to Teen Dating Violence Prevention | Local News https://hilpers.org/donner-family-service-of-roanoke-valley-draws-attention-to-teen-dating-violence-prevention-local-news/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://hilpers.org/donner-family-service-of-roanoke-valley-draws-attention-to-teen-dating-violence-prevention-local-news/ Family Service of Roanoke Valley brings attention to National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February to help educate people about how common teen dating violence is, the signs harbingers of it and how to help those involved. According to a Family Service press release, the latest data from the Center for Disease […]]]>

Family Service of Roanoke Valley brings attention to National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February to help educate people about how common teen dating violence is, the signs harbingers of it and how to help those involved.

According to a Family Service press release, the latest data from the Center for Disease Control shows that nearly 1 in 11 high school girls and about 1 in 14 high school boys reported experiencing physical dating violence in the past year. .

Teen dating violence, however, is not just limited to physical abuse. Other forms of violence include harassment and emotional abuse. Some indications of potential abuse in dating include isolation from family and friends, constant put-downs, and extreme jealousy or insecurity.

Teen dating violence is preventable, the press release said. Education about healthy relationships and communication, along with a supportive and protective environment, has been shown to reduce and prevent dating violence.

People also read…

Family Service offers its Teen Outreach Program, a youth development program, to address self-esteem, effective communication, goal setting, and maintaining healthy relationships. It uses discussion, leadership, and community service-learning activities.

Youth Development Program Coordinator Megan Alpine runs TOP and describes the program as “a safe space [for teenagers] to learn more about the different types of relationships and what the “red flags” of potential abuse in friendships and romantic partnerships might look like.

Alpine says TOP gives young adults the skills and resources to deal with issues like abusive romantic relationships and reinforces the importance of consent, boundaries and respecting personal values ​​in healthy relationships.

For more information on TOP or any other youth programs Family Service has to offer, visit https://fsrv.org/children-youth/.

Family Service is a 121-year-old nonprofit mental health organization.

Terry Steer Memorial Lecture SeriesChrist Episcopal Roanoke, 1101 Franklin Road SW, will hold its fourth annual Terry Steer Memorial Lecture Series at 3 p.m. Feb. 27.

“Coming Together: Why Interfaith Gatherings/Relations Matter and Meaningful in a Time of Great Division and Misinformation” is the theme of the panel discussion which features Reverend Kevin McNeil, pastor of Bethany Christian Church; Rabbi Kathy Cohen of Temple Emanuel; and Dr. Saleem Ahmed, a retired physician.

Steer, who died in 2017, was a dedicated member of Christ Church, who encouraged ecumenical and social justice activities at the parish.

Drug-Free Communities Grant AwardThe Roanoke Prevention Alliance has received the next and final five years of its Drug Free Communities grant.

In 2016, RPA received the first five years of the grant and, based on needs assessments, focused on reducing alcohol and marijuana use among youth in Roanoke.

RPA has developed public service announcements and youth drug prevention campaigns, using different media and strategies aimed primarily at parents and adults. To demonstrate the reach of the campaigns, 24% of Roanoke residents said they had seen or heard the StartTheTalk.org Campaign on alcohol in 2021, an increase from 16% in 2019. In 2021, 44% of adults said they believe young people are less likely to use marijuana if their parents do not approve of it, compared to 39 % in 2018 The Prevention Alliance used the funding to work with other organizations and community members to help build resilience for youth, families and communities in the city.

A demonstration of the success of annual community messaging and education on building resilience is that 39% of city residents in 2021 said they had seen or heard of how to build resilience in a child or help him recover from a trauma or a bad situation. experiences.

RPA helps facilitate the implementation of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey which tracks risk factors and protective factors for young people.

The Roanoke Prevention Alliance formed as a coalition in 1997 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2015. It is the grassroots organization of the Resiliency Collective.

Contact JoAnne Poindexter at joanne.poindexter@roanoke.com

]]>
Pathfinder Partners with Ogun Government for Reproductive Health and Improved Family Planning https://hilpers.org/pathfinder-partners-with-ogun-government-for-reproductive-health-and-improved-family-planning/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 16:41:30 +0000 https://hilpers.org/pathfinder-partners-with-ogun-government-for-reproductive-health-and-improved-family-planning/ Feb. 14 (THEWILL) – Pathfinder International, a family planning organization, has partnered with the government of Ogun State on reproductive health and family planning initiatives aimed at further improving the well-being of women of childbearing age. Program Manager, Reproductive Health and Family Planning, Pathfinder International, Nigeria, Malam Yusuff Nuhu, who thanked the state government for […]]]>
WILL 2 APP ADVERTISEMENTS

Feb. 14 (THEWILL) – Pathfinder International, a family planning organization, has partnered with the government of Ogun State on reproductive health and family planning initiatives aimed at further improving the well-being of women of childbearing age.

Program Manager, Reproductive Health and Family Planning, Pathfinder International, Nigeria, Malam Yusuff Nuhu, who thanked the state government for providing an enabling environment for the development of the partnership, said the agency would continue to work with the state to achieve effective health care. delivery.

In response, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, stressed the need to strengthen the organization to improve maternal and child health outcomes, adding that sex education for adolescents and young people would soon be incorporated into the school curriculum.

She told Abeokuta at a closing meeting of the Family Health Initiative (FAHIO), the state advocacy task force, organized by a donor agency, Pathfinder International, Nigeria, in collaboration with the State Primary Health Care Development Board.

Coker, who recognized the roles and impact of advocacy in implementing reproductive health and family planning programs, said the group’s activities through the agency have helped the state to record remarkable achievements in the health sector.

She added that the state’s outstanding achievement, particularly on its contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR), could not be overlooked without the partnership dynamics of Pathfinder International in providing logistics and building the capacity of various parties. stakeholders.

The commissioner said, “The state is transitioning from the old system of government funding of health care delivery to a health insurance system that will benefit everyone, and now is a better time to s ensuring that advocacy is sustained for sustainable service delivery.

Taking the floor, the Executive Secretary of the Council, Dr Elijah Ogunsola, affirmed that the support of development partners in health had had a huge impact on the activities of the Council, assuring that he would build on the successes achieved. in policy and funding.

Earlier, FAHIO President Ms. Kemi Balogun said the group was committed to helping the government achieve better health indices, through increased use of family planning contraceptives, improved funding for family planning, among others, pointing out that the Technical Sub-Working Group on Adolescent Reproductive Health-group, had been inaugurated, to advocate on issues relating to adolescent and youth reproductive health.

]]>
Buhari advocates family planning, birth control https://hilpers.org/buhari-advocates-family-planning-birth-control/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 18:12:11 +0000 https://hilpers.org/buhari-advocates-family-planning-birth-control/ President Muhammadu Buhari launched the revised National Population Policy for Sustainable Development. At today’s event, the President stressed the need for urgent action to address Nigeria’s high fertility rate by expanding access to modern contraceptive methods as well as encouraging spacing births across the country. In a statement released by the President’s Special Assistant for […]]]>

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the revised National Population Policy for Sustainable Development.

At today’s event, the President stressed the need for urgent action to address Nigeria’s high fertility rate by expanding access to modern contraceptive methods as well as encouraging spacing births across the country.

In a statement released by the President’s Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari also inaugurated the National Council for Population Management (NCPM), which he chairs, and Vice President as Vice President with Heads of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as members.

“This will enable Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control, improve the health of women, adolescents, newborns and children, and other population groups,” he said.

President Buhari noted that the population of Nigeria, which is the largest in Africa, 7th in the world and among the few whose fertility continues to grow, is based on a young population, with more than 72% under the age of 30. years while half of the female population is in her childbearing years (15-49 years).

“These levels have implications for sustained population growth and diminished prospects for achieving population management, facilitating sufficient demographic transition, harnessing our demographic endowment, and ultimately achieving sustainable development,” he said.

President Buhari, surrounded by senior government officials, holds a copy of the revised National Population Policy for Sustainable Development.

On other highlights of the revised population policy, the President explained that it stresses the importance of investing in quality education for young people (especially girls), the development of human capital, the promotion of a holistic effort to achieve a meaningful demographic transition.

The Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Isa Kwarra, has urged Nigerians to embrace the lofty ideals of family planning and healthy reproductive behaviors enshrined in the policy.

Listing some salient issues in relation to the population policy, Kwarra noted that the policy review is the product of extensive consultations and nationwide engagements with key stakeholders and interest groups.

Regarding the NCPM, the AFN President said the body was critical to the implementation of the revised policy, saying “in addition to providing strategic direction in the implementation process, the Council will hopefully the, will advocate and support the conduct of the population and housing census, thereby providing accurate and up-to-date data to guide the implementation of the policy.”

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, notes that the policy brings to the fore the links between population and development and will inform work and services to improve the well-being and lives of Nigerians in the wake of the recently launched 2021-2025 National Development Plan aimed at making Nigeria the largest economy in Africa.

“Successful implementation of the national policy will most likely have positive implications for the development of maternal health, the rights of youth and adolescents and the empowerment of women and girls,” the senior official said. UN in Nigeria.

Praising the Nigerian government for initiating this policy, Schmale said the world and the UN are looking forward to a Nigeria with low maternal mortality; low teenage pregnancy and childbirth; a reduced fertility rate, increased use of modern methods of contraception and a high level of education, among others.

Editing by Muzha Kucha

]]>