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Jeremy Fok Jun Tan

Jeremy Fok Jun Tan - 2019 Nominee
Position: Programme and Projects Officer
Organization: Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia
Current Location: Malaysia, South East Asia
Degree of Psychology from University Tunku Abdul Rahman
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
 Presenter of UTAR 2th Faculty of Arts and Social Science Conference: Representing Department of Psychology and Counselling
 Presenter of Regional Conference of Psychology at Hanoi, Vietnam
 Representative of PT Foundation to Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp at Yogyakarta, Indonesia
 Youth representative to attend regional TOT of Legal Toolkit by Youth-Lead, UNFPA, and UNAIDS
 Member of Technical Working Group in Malaysia 1st stigma and discrimination Module Volume 2 by Ministry of Health (Key Population Version)
 Co-lead for UNICEF Global HIV Online Toolkit Development for Youth and Migrant (Module 5 Multi-sectoral Collaboration)
 Member of Technical Working Group for Malaysia MSM network and national HIV response
 Speaker of side-event at UN Mid-term Review of Asia-Pacific Declaration on Population and Development 2018
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Youth Ambassador
    Awarding Organization:
    International Youth Society
    Date Awarded:
    December 7, 2018
  • Award:
    Youth Champion of Youth Advocacy Institute
    Awarding Organization:
    Asia Safe Abortion Partnership
    Date Awarded:
    December 14, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
At a young age, Jeremy has appeared as a key youth speaker in various expert meetings, both national and regional levels, elevating the voices from the ground to these key advocacy platforms on SRHR and HIV/AIDS issues. – Syirin Junisya, Executive Director at Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I visited the Rohingya community in Kuala Lumpur and explained to them the option of contraceptive like condom which is accessible and affordable by them. Besides, I also distributed condom among sexual risky teens, both hetero & homosexual, with the aims to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection. Besides, as a safe abortion advocate, I give information of abortion through talk, workshop, or even through hotline for couples who want to terminate the unwanted pregnancy. Apart of that, I utilize Comprehensive Sexuality Education to teach university students about their responsibility of themselves and others people, right to information and decision, as well as equip them with readiness in having an effective family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion of family planning is because of spike of the teen pregnancy, baby dumping, and death of unsafe delivery and unsafe abortion across the years in Malaysia. Looking at the number of these issues raising, I strongly aware that this will escalate into serious social problems if no conversation of it happen. And I believe it shouldn't be women only to emphasize the role of Family Planning but man as well in working together in raising awareness, SRH services and accessibility to FP.

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

Working with Rohingya Community in promoting family planning can be tedious due to language barrier and cultural differences. Thus, me and my peers took the lead in training young Rohingya youth and turned them into our focal point to explain various type and function of contraceptive in their language as well as empowering young people in the Rohingya community about the impact of peer-to-peer approach when it comes to family planning in terms of information dissemination & data collection.

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? :

Meaningful youth participation is one of the ways to go when we talk about family planning. The grant will be spent in empowering grassroot-youth leaders in conducting local-school campaign with youth friendly approach to disseminate SRHR information in sustainable and social enterprise manner. Besides, health care providers will also be invited to establish a network with youth from the community to build a friendly SRH referral system. The campaign will be held on World Health Day 2020.

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Media consultation of 21 century: Status of Sexuality Education in Malaysia Understanding SRHR in the context of Abortion

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