Webinar Series on Expanding Contraceptive Choice for Adolescents and Youth to Include Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives

March 29, 2017 – September 25, 2017

A series of webinars on expanding contraceptive choice to include long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) for youth engaged a global audience through presentations from high-level speakers representing multiple sectors—advancing the global dialogue on pertinent issues related to the topic. The four-part webinar series showcased the perspective and experience of health providers, professional associations, program implementers, young people, health systems specialists, researchers, and donors in advocating for and implementing programs that expand method choice to include LARCs for adolescents and youth.

The Evidence to Action (E2A) Project organized the webinar series, from March-September 2017, as part of the LARC for Youth Working Group. The Working Group—which consists of representatives from USAID, Pathfinder International, E2A, FHI360, FP2020, Marie Stopes International, and Population Services International—is charged with moving forward the Global Consensus Statement: Expanding Contraceptive Choice for Adolescents and Youth to Include Long-Acting Reversible Contraception.

Webinar 1: Beyond Bali: Shifting from Thought to Action, March 29, 2017, 10 - 11 am EST

Speakers discussed different programmatic strategies that have been implemented in low- and middle-income countries to expand method choice to include LARCs for sexually active youth. Speakers and moderator were:

  • Gillian Eva, Marie Stopes International
  • Anna Temba, Pathfinder International Tanzania
  • Cate Lane, Moderator, USAID

Listen to the recording of the webinar here.

Webinar 2: The Missing Links, May 18, 2017, 10 – 11 am EST

Speakers presented evidence generated thus far on LARCs for youth, both globally and domestically in the United States. They described additional evidence needed to support implementation of the Global Consensus Statement for expanded method choice at global, regional and national levels. Speakers and moderator were:

  • Caitlin Parker, CHOICE Project
  • Holly Burke, FHI360
  • Maggwa Baker, Moderator, USAID

Listen to the recording of the webinar here.

Webinar 3: The Global Financing Facility and Expanding Contraceptive Choice for Youth, August 2, 2017, 10 - 11 am EST

Speakers described how to engage with the GFF to improve adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH). The GFF is a financing facility that raises funds from capital markets for countries with significant funding gaps for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health to support the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and the Sustainable Development Goals They specifically covered challenges to engagement with the funding mechanism and how these have been addressed. Speakers and moderator were:

  • Brendan Hayes, GFF Secretariat
  • Rama Lakshminarayanan, GFF Secretariat
  • Humberto Cossa, World Bank, Mozambique
  • Reena Shukla, Moderator, USAID

Listen to the recording of the webinar here:

Webinar 4: The Global Consensus Statement as a Tool for Advocacy, September 25, 2017, 9-10am EST

Representatives of professional associations presented on their rationale for endorsing the Global Consensus Statement and what each association has accomplished thus far in using the Global Consensus Statement as an advocacy tool. Speakers and moderator were:

  • Franka Cadée, International Confederation of Midwives
  • O.A. Ladipo, Association for Reproductive and Family Health and formerly the African Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AFOG)
  • Ramya Jawahar, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
  • Lois Schaefer, Moderator, USAID

Listen to the recording of the webinar here:

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When: March 29, 2017 – September 25, 2017