Ni Luh Eka Purni Astiti

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Ni Luh Eka Purni Astiti - 2017 Nominee
Position: Youth Program Coordinator
Organization: Indonesia Planned Parenthood Association in Bali
Current Location: Indonesia, South East Asia
Public Health from Medical Faculty of Udayana University
Eka is now active as a coordinator of youth programs at the youth center (KISARA) in Indonesia Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA) Bali. She has been active since 2016 as a volunteer in the adolescents’ reproductive health program. – Hari Fitri Wahyuni, Country Representative at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHCCP) Indonesia
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As a program manager of youth program in Indonesia Planned Parenthood Association in Bali, i have to ensure our team works in proper way to reach our vision (that is to empower young people to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights) . I actively did reproductive and sexual health education to adolescent through radio,discussion,seminar, and articles. Currently, I lead a training for school teacher who will give comprehensive sexual education to their students in Denpasar (Capital city of Bali). In advocacy, i actively lead the planning meeting and make an advocacy draft. Now, we already did coordination with local government including health and education department of Denpasar to implement Youth Friendly services and comprehensive sexual education in schools.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In my junior high school, i have lots of friends that already dating and one of them was pregnant in age of 14 years old. Due to that condition, she experienced bullying. I did nothing in that time, so i feel disappointed. Many years later, in my college, i know that reproductive health was a taboo, so there was limited good information. It remind me, there were lots of adolescent have unwanted pregnancy due to their ignorance of reproductive health, so i want to take a role as health educator.

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

Family Planning is not only about deciding the number of children in family but more important thing is how could bring good quality of our children's future. I have realized that family planning work is about team work in various sector, not only health sector, but also education department and other community based organization. Therefore, we did advocate and conduct collaboration with education department to provide comprehensive sexual education through school and make it more sustain.

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? :

I will use this new platform to enrich knowledge particularly from each champion success story. That learning process would be my reference to develop program in Bali and also will share our experience in Bali. I will use the grant to produce short movie and various promotion video regarding to reduce unwanted pregnancy for adolescent and prevent risky sexual health behavior. Those short movie and video, would be distribute to our network, consist of local government and other community.

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