Eva Burgos

Eva Burgos - 2016 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: GOBelize Alumni Association
Implementing a remodelized GOJoven Program Training of more than 4,000 Belizean youth Chaired the National AIDS Commission Belmopan City ED Status after converting pioneer organization GOBelize – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2011 Cofounded an NGO whose mission is to build catalyst for change amongst young adults to contribute to the commitment for positive social change in Leadership and Sexual Reproductive Health the association has 80 graduates. Provide comprehensive sexuality education to 7,000 youth & adolescents in all districts of Belize.Engaged participation of men and boys, the empowerment of women and girls, and more equitable gender norms in order to improve health outcomes and support the adoption of healthy reproductive behaviors; and mitigate gender base violence.Trained health care professionals on educating individuals, including young people, about their sexual and reproductive health care options, including family planning options.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The high incidence of teen pregnancy and school dropout rate in females and the disequilibrium that exists within the health service providers and knowledge in Family Planning. Coming from a teen parent and witnessing my sisters fall into the same cycle.I decided to take action and break the cycle, it also allowed me retro evaluate and use the learnings to support and contribute my experience to make a change for youth in my country SRH encompasses more than just the reproductive aspect.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The biggest challenges have been the SRH law and ensuring that the service providers that I work with adapt a youth friendly approach and maintain it on their own and ensure that all the SRH services reach rural communities.I feel like the remote communities need to access SRH services but due to limited resources, it is not accessible to many. Networking is very key it strengthens the efforts and I work very closely with other stakeholders to have a greater impact and serve those in need.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

The country's biggest challenges are the incongruence of SRH policy and laws that stipulate that a young person can be sexuality active at 16 years but yet denies SRH services until they are 18 or at 16 with parental or an adult consent. Another challenge has been the lack of understanding of our Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and the influence of the church within the government system that does not allow for the full inclusion of comprehensive sexual education in the education system.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Within the next 5 years support an enabling environment for women to access sexual and reproductive health care services by working with communities to identify and lower or remove barriers to access, including financial, gender, socio-cultural, and transportation barriers.Improved methods of safe and effective contraception and related disease control through investments in biomedical research, with particular emphasis on methods which are likely to be safer, easier to use, more efficient.

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