Safe Motherhood Week is thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with OpenIDEO.
OpenIDEO’s goal is to build communities that work together and design solutions to our world’s big challenges. They partner with leading organizations to drive collaboration, innovation and impact around the world’s toughest problems, through launching challenges, programs and other tailored experiences.
One of their current challenges asks the important question: How might we radically improve access to, and quality of, sexual and reproductive health education and services for young people? This topic goes straight to the heart of Safe Motherhood Week, and our goal of providing safe and equitable maternal care to all women. This challenge is supported by UNFPA, one of Safe Motherhood Week’s partners.
As part of the challenge, OpenIDEO is seeking a wide range of possible solutions that aim to increase access and utilization of sexual and reproductive health information, education and services by adolescents and youth in radically new ways. These ideas should engage one or more of the key stakeholders – adolescents and youth, health care workers, educators and the families and communities in which they operate. Ideas should also consider broader stakeholders in the sexual and reproductive health value chain, such as supply chain specialists and policymakers.
The ultimate goal is to support the evolution of these collaborative concepts into tangible real-world solutions. This again echoes the commitment of Safe Motherhood Week to developing collaborative and sustainable solutions for better maternal care.
According to OpenIDEO, millions of girls are coerced into unwanted sex or marriage, putting them at risk of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and dangerous childbirth. Globally, pregnancy and childbirth-related complications were the leading cause of death among adolescent girls aged 15-19 years old in 2015.
“Too many adolescents and youth face barriers to reproductive health information and care. Even those able to find accurate information about their health and rights may be unable to access the services needed to make informed decisions and protect their health,” says the team at OpenIDEO.
The Challenge is open to ideas until November 5. Please read more at: https://openideo.com/