Candid Conversations is a podcast where we talk to family planning and reproductive health champions from around the globe and take a deep dive into current topics in family planning and reproductive health, as well as the personal journeys of our champions, the challenges they’ve faced, what excites them about the future and some advice for other up and coming leaders.

Our Goals:

  • Highlight the new generation of family planning leaders and the trailblazing work they are doing
  • Discuss the challenges youth face starting new programs and managing existing projects
  • Give a youth perspective on the needs of youth and the changing reproductive health landscape

Below are our latest episodes. Tune in by clicking below, listening to us on Apple podcasts, subscribing to our Youtube channel, or following us on Spotify.

Episode 6: Giving the Gift of Sex Education

Award-Winning Sex Educator June Low from Malaysia discusses censorship, the impact of abstinence-based sex education, teaching of teachers, her 2020 Ingenuity Fund project, and more.

Episode 5: Making stronger more effective organizations and programs

120 Under 40 winners – Patrick Segawa from Uganda and Abu Sayed Hasan from Bangladesh, share their tips on how to prepare yourself, your organization, and your projects for success.

Episode 4: The power of entertainment, mentorship and being yourself

Artists and advocates William Otuck and Joshua Dilawar chat about the challenges they face using art for advocacy, nurturing young people and their vision for the future of family planning. Check out Otuck’s Family Planning song here:

Episode 3: Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

Talent Jumo from Zimbabwe and Jacqueline Ngong from Cameroon – chat about activism, feminism and inspiring change at a community level

Episode 1: Unconventional ideas, start-ups, and being bolder

Welcome to our premiere episode of Candid Conversations! This episode’s guests are 120 Under 40 & Ingenuity Fund Winners – Laraib Abid and Peter Ngure who will share their winning projects, what sparked the idea, the challenges they’ve faced and how youth can continue to make a difference in their communities.




120 Under 40 is a project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with support from Bayer
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