Christelle Favre

Christelle Favre - 2019 Nominee
Position: Country co-ordinator and researcher
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning/ Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Current Location: Switzerland, Europe
Social Scientist and PhD Candidate at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute from London School of Economics
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
2019-2021- PhD candidate in Public Health, Engaging with out-of-school adolescents for research in SRH (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute)
2019-2021: Education and Training Officer, Young Professionals Network: International Association on Adolescent Health (IAAH)
2018- Acumen: An Introduction to Human Centred Design
2017- Coursera: Essentials of Global Health (Yale University)
2017- Edx: Measuring Health Outcomes in Field Research (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab)
2016- MSc. Social Policy and Planning (London School of Economics)
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Certificate of appreciation for outstanding efforts and contribution to the successful organisation of the International Conference on Family Planning 2018, in Kigali Rwanda.
    Awarding Organization:
    Minister of Health, Republic of Rwanda, John Hopkins School of Public Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
    Date Awarded:
    November 30, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Christelle has made significant contributions in key leadership positions with various organizations to ensure access to family planning services for youth and to amplify the voices of youth within the family planning community. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

•Secured and organised panel entitled ‘Reducing Teenage Pregnancy transforms Africa’ during the 2018 Youth Connekt Africa from concept to completion (300+ participants).

•M&E: team for Pilot Project to support 175 First Time Young Mothers in Rwanda produced recommendations for how to scale-up the project to other districts.

•Trained 19 colleagues at UNFPA on Kobo Toolbox for enhanced data collection for SMART indicators on site in Rwanda..

•Program management for the Rwandan mentorship-driven acceleration program, which aims to promote entrepreneurial spirit in SRH among young people.

•One of 88 selected country co-ordinators for IYAFP, based in Switzerland.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Following a trip to Central America I was curious as to why so many women still chose to give birth at home- I was interested to understand the socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health. Encouraged by a few peers, I decide to take a course on SRH by Prof. Ernestina Coast during my post-grad- one of the most comprehensive, engaging and meaningful semesters of my life- interest in FP was a natural extension.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

•Bringing people together by engaging the the public sector, students, academia, NGO's, foundations and the private sector is necessary to tackle some of the most complex SRH issues.Together with my colleagues at UNFPA, Rwanda- we launched the first Innovation Day (50 participants) to brainstorm, engage, learn and ultimately foster new partnerships to tackle unmet need for contraception that meets the needs of young people.

•Led the Youth Pre-Conference at the ICFP 2018 (500+ participants).

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

We often speak about the power of technology to overcome barriers in the FP space, but to me simply listening to what youth want is already innovating.Youth want relevant, clear information which they can go back to again and again in their own private world. Together with IYAFP, Rwanda we're planning to develop comic books with young local artists on the topic teenage pregnancy prevention. With $1000 we can get 3 designers and 3 writers on board to help develop a prototype to test in the field!

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