In this conversation, Priyanka talks about how to facilitate and create the space for families to have conversations around sexual and reproductive health, how she uses HCD in her ASRH work and the challenges of using the HCD approach particularly in adolescent sexual reproductive health projects.
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Human-Centered Design (HCD) is a relatively new approach towards transforming Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) outcomes for youth and adolescents. But what does ‘quality’ look like when applying HCD to Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH)? The HCDExchange Quality and Standards Working Group chaired by YLabs set out to define what quality looks like in the nascent HCD+ASRH field of practice.
As an integral member of HCDExchange team and an experienced youth ASRH professional, the Youth Engagement Officer (YEO) will lead HCDExchange’s charge in the practical integration and meaningful engagement of youth towards our main focus of building an HCD+ASRH learning community. The YEO will be dedicated to increased youth engagement and capacity in HCD+ASRH program design and implementation.
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You need to be an advocate for meaningful youth engagement. It’s not enough just to have a few youth representatives in a room full of adults. No! You must question if the youth representative actually has a voice, and if he/she doesn’t, then you need to figure out how to give him/her a voice. By this, I mean you may have to brainstorm ideas on how to empower young people to speak up in public gatherings in front of adults who might hold very high positions in government or private companies.
Over the last few years, HCD approaches have been used to design and pilot interventions to global health challenges such as HIV. On December 8, 2021, the HCDExchange Community of Practice came together for a webinar that focused on three of such interventions with the aim of sharing the similarities and differences across projects, challenges and push-back against the HCD approach, partnership and stakeholder management and how to scale the projects further.
I would also say that it is not hard to work in this field, and it is not easy to work in this field. It is trying, and it’s going to open you up to a lot of possibilities that you never thought of, and it’s going to shake your core sometimes. The important thing is to know what you want out of working in this field, and know where you’re going with it.
In this conversation, Elezer highlights his definition of meaningful youth engagement, how young people should take the reins of solution design for ASRH issues and how he juggles several commitments while keeping sexual and reproductive health rights at the center.
The Beyond Bias project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration to design and test scalable innovative solutions to address provider bias toward serving youth ages 15-24 with family planning services in Burkina Faso, Pakistan, and Tanzania. It brings together a combination of expertise in AYSRH and evidence with human-centered design, behavioral economics and segmentation and analysis.
By designing alongside young women using these principles, oral PrEP was freed from the medical associations of an HIV prevention product originally meant for key populations like sex workers, injection drug users, and men who have sex with men, to a self-care product that fits seamlessly into the lives of young women like Rumbi and her peers.
One young woman described “V” as “V ineka that, that, that!” which translates to “in a class of its own!”