Insight & Empathy

by Manya Dotson, Project Director, Adolescents 360, PSI The piece below originally appeared on the A360 Learning Hub. In 2016, A360’s public health professionals, professional designers, young people, an anthropologist, and a developmental scientist had deep conversations with girls all over Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. It was formative research, but in line with the human-centered

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Can Deep Insight Lead to More Effective Action?

by Manya Dotson, Project Director, Adolescents 360, PSI The piece below originally appeared on the A360 learning hub. For decades, public health professionals (myself included) have been trying to unlock the persistent challenge of connecting adolescent girls with sexual and reproductive health services. We want to ensure they have the choice to have a safe

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What do Pineapples Have to do with Teens and Contraceptives?

“Pineapples are special!” Cathreen Bukuku, one of PSI-Tanzania’s innovation coordinators, exclaimed as she held one of the spikey fruits out in front of her. She was at the private Arafa Ugweno Health Facility in Dar es Salaam, speaking to a room overflowing with teen girls who listened, captivated. “They stand tall—they are proud! They wear

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For Youth, by Youth

Collaborating with Youth to Solve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenges

By Taylor Schaffter, Learning Advisor, Adolescents 360, PSI “You are committing a historic mistake by introducing contraception for the 15-19,” was definitely not the reaction Ethiopian young designer, Eden Befekadu, expected to hear as she stood in front of the crowd that warm March morning. An admittedly shy 19-year-old, it took courage for her to

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Living for Love: What Motivates Adolescents?

By Ahna Suleiman, Developmental Scientist, UC Berkeley Center on the Developing Adolescent & Adolescents 360 Adolescents 360 (A360) is a four-year project aimed to increase access to and uptake of voluntary modern contraception among adolescent girls (15-19 years old) in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The project fuses public health, marketing, human-centered design, developmental neuroscience, and cultural anthropology and will

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