News, resources, events & opportunities in HCD+AYSRH

This is an on-boing bulletin board of resources, events, news and opportunities in the HCD+AYSRH. Our team will be keeping this section up to date, but anyone is welcome to post relevant content as well!

Meaningful Youth Engagement - The Asia Experience

Last week I attended a cool event by Knowledge Success. The event was a virtual webinar on Meaningfully Engaging Youth - a snapshot of the Asia Experience

Synopsis of the Webinar
This webinar was focused on highlighting the strides made by HCD+ASRH industry players to include the youth in their activities. Among the presentations was a highlight from the USAID ReachHealth program; using HCD to hear teenage voices in the Philippines.

In this program, USAID ReachHealth reached out to teenagers to discuss the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines. From their conversations with the teens, the organisation realised that FP and ASRH players were yet to do enough to prevent the first pregnancy. Another insight that USAID ReachHealth noted is that, ASRH practitioners were focused more on preventing pregancies after the first pregnancy rather than empowering teens from the early stages of their sexual health. The video above is a cut out of what stood out for me from the USAID ReachHealth presentation.

Another interesting presentation is by YP Foundation, India. YP Foundation is a youth-led organisation engaging youth for FP/RH advocacy, to encourage youth leadership in sexual, reproductive health. Through their initiatives, the YP Foundation has noted that the youth want to be equipped with knowledge and given opportunities to lead and develop agendas from FP/RH.

Also, the Association of Youth Organizations in Nepal (AYON) did a presentation on Building social accountability through youth engagement. To achieve this, AYON formed inclusive youth groups for community-led monitoring and identified the key indicators to use to measure public services. Through the collaborative monitoring, AYON recorded four achievements, among them - abolishing harmful practices of child marriages and menstrual segregation.

What did I learn from this?
USAID ReachHealth, AYON and the YP Foundation have curated good resources that I believe can be shared by the Community of Practice to promote learning, and pick insights on MYE from the lessons accumulated from the Asia experience.

Acumen & have launched a design 201 course to follow the HCD Basics course: Human-Centered Design 201:

Prototyping: Learn from designers to make your ideas come to life

Bring your idea to life over 5-weeks with world-renowned designers at You’ll learn:

  • Low-cost, low-risk methods for getting your idea into the hands of customers
  • How to gather feedback and iterate with your customers in mind
  • Experimentation methods to test prototypes that lead to better solutions and save time along the way

It’s a free, 4-week course starting April 5th! Enroll here!


BreakthroughACTION just launched a really thoughtful advocacy toolkit for increasing male engagement in Family Planning (FP) - Advancing Male Engagement in FP/RH: An Advocacy Toolkit EN // Promouvoir l’engagement des hommes dans la planification familiale et la santé reproductive - Un outil de plaidoyer FR

The aim of the tool is to encourage an approach which “aims to improve FP/RH outcomes for men and women in cooperative ways that protect and encourage women’s agency.” It takes a really human-centred approach (while not necessarily being an HCD tool), by mapping out personas like the ones below. Their practical guidance encourages advocates to understand these different audiences when creating messages and activities - they are first understanding where their audience is coming from, and creating communications and activities that help to bring skeptics and non-believers on an empathetic journey to understanding the challenge at hand, while leveraging the existing support of collaborators.


Today is the day of finding great resources!

One of my connections on LinkedIn from PATH just shared this post about the use of HCD in solving primary healthcare challenges - The key to better primary health care? Human-centered design

This is an article from 2019, and shares great insights about how they used HCD to develop and pilot the use of a self-injectable contraception method that women can administer themselves to prevent pregnancy for three months, called Sayana Press.

Taking a human-centered design approach to identify best practices and user needs, as well as health system realities, we began by reviewing the previous studies to design “best guess” models and created journey maps to highlight client and provider perspectives through every step of the program.
With this framework in place, we facilitated workshops and interviews to solicit input from stakeholder groups: clients, facility-based providers, community health workers, district and ministry of health leadership, and implementing partners.

Not only was HCD used in the development of the product itself, but guided the pilot process in Uganda to determine if self-injectables as a method would be feasible for women outside of the research setting. In the first year since the iterative pilot in Uganda, 7,000 women took up this method of contraception, and since then, it has expanded to half a dozen more countries across the African continent (at the time of writing a few years ago!).


This was a nice resource that someone from the upcoming Measuring a Moving Target event shared as something that helped them to frame different HCD projects. Why Does Design Matter? from Design for Health.

There are a lot of great ideas here about where the use of HCD really benefits health programming, including the ability for HCD to provide new perspectives to health challenges, and the ability of design to help prioritize resources.

The particular point that was raised in today’s call was about how design can serve different purposes depending on the need, the available resources, and the timeline, noting that adopting design doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing decision. They’ve created the image below to explain three ways that design fits into programming:

This is a great framework for thinking about how we might support projects and organizations who are wanting to bring/test HCD in their work but don’t necessarily have a design expert or additional budget/resources to support a full design integration.

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Human-Centered Solutions to Public Health Challenges

Johns Hopkins Centre for Communications programs have just opened registration for a virtual course on HCD for Public Health Challenges!

Taking place June 13th - 17th, 2022

Course Description:

Have you heard of Human-Centered Design (HCD) and/or design thinking and wondered how they can be used in Public Health? Well, this is the course for you! This course leverages lecture, discussion, case studies, and hands-on experience to teach the design thinking process. The course will equip students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to begin identifying public health products, services, or systems that more effectively meet end-user needs and preferences.

Introduces design thinking, a transdisciplinary, human-centered, creative problem-solving approach, and its applications in public health. Focuses on engagement with a Baltimore-based organization to address a real design challenge based on a problem the organization is facing. Provides students with practice using the design thinking process to identify a product, service, or system that more effectively meets end-user needs and preferences. Includes empathetic research methods to uncover insights about the challenge and end-users’ experiences, working with stakeholders to generate a range of potential solutions, prototyping, and testing promising solutions, and identifying key considerations for implementation and scale-up. Discusses real-world case studies with HCD practitioners from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP).

More info & how to register here

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55th Annual SSR Conference

Here is a good opportunity to interact with the science of Reproduction and better understand the intricate details behind reproduction intimacies.

Registrations for the annual SSR Conference are now open! The Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) is the largest professional society for reproductive biology research globally. This year, SSR is holding it’s 55th conference on “Reproduction: Odyssey of Discovery” held on July 26-29, 2022, at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Washington.

SSR was founded in 1967 to promote the study of reproduction by fostering interdisciplinary communication among scientists, holding conferences, and publishing meritorious studies. SSR has a mission to advance the Science of Reproduction, Fertility, and Development for the Benefit of Humans and Animals

More info about SSR and how to register here

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DESIRE 2021 Conference Report: Digital Sexuality Education Conference Asia-Pacific

The event, one of the first of its kind, was designed to enable cross-sharing of up-to-date evidence and insights, as well as spark discussions about new, pertinent issues around the ever-changing field of DSE. The themes and issues covered in the conference program were crowdsourced from the creators themselves, ranging from how DSE can complement school-based comprehensive sexuality education, how to work with different content formats, rapid user testing, and other topics that are essential for creators to learn in order to produce quality DSE content and manage platforms effectively.

The 3-day event consisted of plenary talk shows, parallel sessions, mini workshops, along with virtual exhibitions.

This conference report summarizes the key messages, highlights of the DESIRE 2021 event, and its key results.

Just a reminder to the new folks on the team, we presented an interactive workshop during this conference, on how Radid testing & iteration on a budget. It was presented by Meru and Maina from the YLH. You can see the presentation deck here!

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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is offering a summer course on Knowledge Management for Global Health Programs, running from June 6 - 10th either online or in-person. We work with many global health projects, and ourselves are positioning the HCDExchange as an effective learning hub, so I thought this would be interesting to share! Learn more here and see the course flyer below!


Managing and maximizing knowledge and continuous learning in global health programs is a development imperative. Global health programs operate with scarce resources, high stakes, and urgent needs for coordination among partners and donors. Knowledge management (KM) provides solutions to these challenges.


  • Through a combination of lectures, case studies, presentations, and discussions, this course:*

  • Introduces participants to KM; behavioral science; and adaptive management principles, processes, and tools and their applicability to the design and implementation of global health efforts.

  • Demonstrates, through real-life examples, how KM, behavioral science, and adaptive management principles can be applied to strengthen public health systems and maximize available knowledge to reach public health objectives.*

  • Emphasizes the importance of culture and equity as drivers of program success.


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Happy Earth Day, people! :earth_africa:

Did you know that there is a growing evidence base that shows the interconnectedness of climate change, gender equality and sexual & reproductive health and rights (SRHR)? I’m telling you - climate issues are gender issues. :female_sign: < - > :earth_americas:

Changes in the environment disproportionately effect women and girls for a number of reasons, making the climate crisis inextricably linked to the world of SRHR. From the fact that family planning and comprehensive sexuality education might be one of the most effective ways to combat climate change, to women having less climate-resistant jobs globally, you can’t think about one and ignore the other.

Here are some great resources from Women Deliver and the link between climate change, gender equality and SRHR. :bookmark_tabs:

Don’t have time to read full reports?Take this quiz from Patherfinder International to test your knowledge on this topic, and learn more! :heavy_check_mark:

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Please join the Beyond Bias project team for the launch of our practical how-to guide for implementing and scaling the Beyond Bias model— Adapting and Implementing the Beyond Bias Model: Solutions to Reduce Provider Bias in Contraceptive Service Delivery for Youth and Adolescents. During this webinar, we will explore key lessons learned from the Beyond Bias project and provide practical tips for using the Beyond Bias model in your own AYSRH programs.

In addition to an overview of the how-to guide, this launch event will also feature a panel discussion with the Beyond Bias implementation team—if you would like to submit a question for our panelists, you can do so on the registration page.

This webinar is part 2 of the Beyond Bias end-of-project webinar series. If you missed part 1, you can find the recording on Pathfinder’s YouTube channel.



  • Lydia Murithi, Beyond Bias Project Director, Pathfinder International
  • Mohamad (Bram) Brooks, Senior MEL Advisor, Pathfinder International
  • Marta Pirzadeh, Senior Technical Advisor, Adolescents and Youth, Pathfinder International
  • Gwyn Hainsworth, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • And members of the Beyond Bias implementation team

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Applications now open for FP/RH professionals in East Africa!

KnowledgeSUCCESS has just opened applications for Learning Circles for Family Planning Champions in East Africa:

We’re currently seeking 30 mid-career program managers and technical advisors based in East Africa to join our 2022 cohort. Over the course of 4 weeks, you will engage in honest and candid conversations with your peers on how to address successes and challenges related to FP/RH access and utilization as part of Africa’s largest FP/RH Community of Practice, TheCollaborative.

Participation in this cohort is reserved for members of TheCollaborative. Not a member of this community? Click here to join!

Apply by Friday, May 13th 2022 to secure your spot in this cohort!

Learning Circles’ unique format is designed to meet the needs of practitioners for transparent dialogue and learning with other FP/RH professionals to improve programs. Explore key insights from last year’s first cohort.

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Breakthrough Action is hosting the Reproductive Health Innovation Exchange as an opportunity to showcase innovations in family planning and reproductive health that use social behaviour change (SBC) to improve service delivery!

This event will give practitioners the opportunity to share their work, interact with other innovations, discuss applications and challenges to SBC in service delivery.

Note that all submissions should have an interactive element, and be open source.

The in-person event will be held in Washington, DC on Thursday, July 28, 2022 , and the virtual event will take place on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Apply here by May 31st!

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Consultation 1: For Youth by Youth: Engaging Adolescents in Evaluating Their Programs

Save the Children and the Institute for Reproductive Health supported very young adolescents in evaluating their program, Growing Up GREAT! After orientation to core concepts of evaluation and identification of evaluation questions, very young adolescent (VYA) girls and boys interviewed and collected stories of most significant change from their peers, Moms and Dads, Providers, and Teachers, to learn the most significant changes they experienced due to their participation in Growing Up GREAT! The VYA-evaluators were teamed with youth mentors and supported by an adult lead as they collected information, analyzed it, and presented it.

We invite you to join upcoming Passages conversations on evaluating social norms shifting programs. Read more and register for our two consultation topics below (selected based on voting during the webinar).

Our objectives during this consultation are:

  1. To learn about the Passages approach and what we adults and adolescents learned about engaging younger adolescents in participatory youth evaluation.
  2. Share your experiences, successes, and tips for working with adolescent evaluators.

Register here to join the Passages Project in this one-hour exchange experience.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 9AM EST / 4PM EAT / 6:30PM IST / 2PM WAT

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Proportion Global is a human-centered design agency with professional designers based in 33 countries across the global south so far. They are on a mission to unite designers from literary every country in the global south by the year 2023. Wherever there is a design challenge, there is always a local design team on the ground that is able to tackle it.

If there are designers in the HCDExchange community, from juniors to seniors, who like to become part of Proportion Global then HCDExchange highly recommends to apply. Since the Proportion Global community is for designers only, it provides a safe space to develop yourself from good to great and to be included in project teams for clients. Community - Proportion Global

Scope Impact is seeking a French-speaking Service Designer Consultant to explore marketplace support to assist family planning innovators and entrepreneurs in Asia and Africa.

The project aims to explore the marketplace support that could assist private sector family planning innovators and entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia. The role involves supporting the planning and conducting of design research, facilitating early co-creation workshops, and contributing to the development of insights and opportunities.

The assignment is expected to be 20-25 days, between July and October.

See more here and apply by June 3rd!

Join a YIELD Hub Collective Action Learning Group

The YIELD Hub facilitates cross-stakeholder action learning as a unique approach to address field-wide barriers and leverage opportunities to make partnership with young people a normative way of working in AYSRHR. Through collective action learning, the YIELD Hub creates space for diverse stakeholders to work together to evolve youth partnership in AYSRHR and incorporate it as a standard way of working.

They are seeking individuals and organizations to participate in collective action learning, for the opportunity to share and evolve your work as part of a cross-stakeholder group committed to making youth partnership the norm in AYSRHR over 4-5 months.

For 4-5 months, you will join multigenerational stakeholders to co-define priorities and seek solutions related to our first action learning problem statement on how systematic partnership with youth can address the gender discrimination and violence often experienced by young female leaders.

See the draft TOR: Action Learning Group TOR.pdf (166.3 KB)

If you’re interested, please complete this form.

Call for Applications: Become a member/leader of the Global Forum for Adolescents Sub-Committees!

The Global Forum for Adolescents in October 2023 will be the world’s largest ever event for adolescents. If you are passionate about adolescent health and well-being, apply to become a member or a co-chair of one of the three sub-committees (Digital Experience, Partnerships and Communications, and Programme) that will drive the planning and implementation of the Forum. Young people (15-29 yrs) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: Friday, 24 June, 23:59 CET.

Find the Call for Applications here.

Webinar Alert: Breaking the Silence: Establishing new intergenerational communication norms for FP/SRH

Breakthrough RESEARCH alongside PSI, FHI 360, Passages, Tulane University and Population Council, is hosting a webinar centered on intergenerational communication and social norms around family planning and sexual and reproductive health (FP/SRH) and its implications for social and behavior change programming.

In this webinar, panelists will engage on how to move our collective understanding forward on intergenerational communication about FP/SRH, and ways in which young people , particularly those in Francophone West Africa, can be supported and encouraged in leading a healthy life.

Webinar Date: June 15, 9:00-10:00 am EDT, 2:00-3:00 pm WAT, 6:30-7:30 pm IST

Register here!