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There are some years that become a pivotal moment in history – 2020 is one of those. IPPF has never been faced with delivering healthcare in the grip of a global pandemic – here we acknowledge some of our amazing colleagues, clients, and partners as well as events that have shaped the year.
17-year-old student Jumeya Mohammed Amin started educating other people about sexual and reproductive health when she was 14 years old. She trained as a ‘change agent’ for her community through the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia.
Youth leader Nebiyu Ephirem, has been staffing the phones at a hotline for young people who have questions about sexual and reproductive health since it started in 2017.
In the rural part of Ethiopia where Rewda Kedir works as a midwife, only 14% of married women are using any method of contraception, despite many wanting to. Having open – if challenging – conversations with families is one way her clinic lets people know what their contraceptive options are.
Emebet Bekele is a former sex worker turned counsellor, who works at the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) run, confidential clinic in Jimma, Oromia, that was set up in 2014 to help at-risk and underserved populations like sex workers.