Nanjie Zhang

Nanjie Zhang - 2016 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: Vectoring China
She is working on policy advocacy, education, and projects implementation on sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people (including young key population with higher risk of HIV exposure – Banura Amanda Joan, Director at Uganda Youth Alliance for Family Planning and Adolescent Health (UYAFPAH)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have working as the comprehensive sexuality educator for ethic minority young people and adolescents in Yunnan, China and across the country since 2008; over 300 trainees have been covered through my facilitation. A numbers of researches relating to young people's condom promotion and contraception methods, unwanted pregnancy prevention and intervention, and knowledge awareness about HIV and STIs in universities in Yunnan. Also, I have participated some International and regional conference e.g International Family Planning Conference 2015 in Bali, Indonesia in order to achieve the advocacy about strengthening the young key populations with HIV exposure's capacity to access fulfilment of family planning service.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I worked in NGO related to young people and youth's leadership building, while I think health and especially the family planning is very intensively relevant to their wellbeing and sustainable development. Given year 2016 is the first year of SDGs implementation, we should do more effort to ensure that young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights should not be left behind from the agenda.

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

I think the biggest challenge is the space of voice out for young people especially key population with HIV issues while they are marginalised from mainstream society. It is hard to involve them into the process of learning, service delivery and advocacy effort, because they are not acceptable for most of cultural background and social structure. Therefore, we have to work with anti-discrimination network and campaigns to eliminate the form of discrimination and stigma.

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

Only child policy has been strictly implemented in China for over 3 decades until recent policy to open up the second child birth. Tracking the process of such family planning policy, a big challenge for China is changing the population structure and deteriorating ageing situation in especially big cities. For staffs working in family planning, it is not just about birth control, we also have to address how a better sustainable society with dynamic of population.

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

I want to continue to work on youth SRHR friendly service to young key populations with HIV in Asia Pacific region and China through a series of activities including policy advocacy, service delivery and awareness arising. Also, integrating the family planning with agenda of young people's sustainable development, I plan to do more review and research about how the FP issues are involved into national agenda of SDGs, and ensure the result will be reflected.

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