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Talking about the very first public event of Youth2Youth!!!

On the 11-02-2019 during the National Youth Day in Cameroon, Youth2Youth decided to reach out to secondary school students with 1000+flyers that contained concise youth friendly information on modern methods of family planning, the methods that young people can benefit from, their advantages and where these could be found!! These flyers were in both french and english. The youth we met were very much happy and the entire event was a big success!! Stay with us even as we craft newer youth friendly methods of advocating for adolescent sexual reproductive health rights and more
We stand with the adolescents/youth to say THE WORLD IS OURS!!
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Our CEO Dr Jackie’s article on emergency contraceptive pile was published by FP2020 in July 2020

Young people have often reported challenges in obtaining contraceptives, but those challenges have only been amplified as countries mobilize already-limited health resources to stem the spread of COVID-19, while attempting to sustain basic services, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. As a clinical doctor, I’ve seen the pandemic bring several issues in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights programming to light, in much starker terms than in normal times. First, despite countless trainings of health care providers to be “youth friendly,” too many find it difficult to reconcile the training with their personal beliefs and biases about adolescent sexual activity and contraceptive use. During the pandemic, some adults continue to see young people in a negative light, saying they are likely to cause even more problems during the pandemic because “they are idle and prone to mischief” during quarantines and stay at home orders. In many cases, young people have been overlooked in countries’ responses to COVID-19. There is little or no acknowledgement of their particular vulnerabilities and not much – if any – language that guarantees their access to a full method mix of contraceptive options as health systems shift to respond to changing needs. The experiences of similar crises, such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa,  suggests that COVID-19 will make young people vulnerable to unintended pregnancy, in part because they will not be able to obtain a contraceptive method from a health facility due to risk of transmission or infection, or sometimes health system breakdowns. Additionally, young people are at increased risk of sexual violence during crises, including pandemics, which also increases the risk of unintended pregnancies. This underscores the importance of ensuring young people have easy access to over-the-counter methods, which must include emergency contraception  I work in Bamenda, Cameroon, where young people are experiencing crisis on two fronts: a long-standing political conflict has created a surge of internally displaced adolescents and youth into urban areas that are ill-prepared to meet their social and health needs; and secondly, the consequences of displacement have been amplified by COVID-19, as schools close and families struggle to make ends meet. I’ve seen more pregnant teens in my practice, with one-third of antenatal clinic attendees being adolescents under the age of 18. I’ve also seen more cases of unsafe abortion among adolescents. As part of normal development, adolescents sometimes engage in “spontaneous, unplanned sex.” This won’t stop during a pandemic – it doesn’t for adults, so why would it for young people? But sadly, I’ve also seen that for too many young women in Bamenda, especially during the current crises, sex is coerced, forced, or transactional, but rarely reported. In such cases, contraceptive use is often not an option, and it underscores why I believe easy access to emergency contraception is important to help young women prevent unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion. I recently participated in an FP2020-hosted webinar alongside global experts from the Population Council and the International Consortium on Emergency Contraception[cl3] , where participants had many questions about emergency contraception, its effect on women’s fertility, whether or not it causes abortion, and how often emergency contraception can be used. To be clear: it doesn’t impact women’s fertility, it does not cause abortion, and while there isn’t a consensus yet on how often women can or should use emergency contraceptives, in my own practice, I’ve seen underuse of emergency contraception be much more of an issue, whereas overuse has not yet come up. The webinar made it quite clear our communities need more information about emergency contraception to address myths and misinformation and to make health care providers and communities more comfortable in providing this critical service to young women. With support from FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism, the organization I work for, Youth2Youth Cameroon, has started meeting with community leaders to describe young people’s experiences of sexual abuse and violence. While these conversations are ongoing, many of the community leaders we met with now acknowledge that denial of adolescent sexuality and sexual activity has done more harm than good. Youth2Youth (http://www.youth2youthcameroon.org) has met with three of the leaders we intend to, out of a group of ten, and the organization is now creating opportunities for community leaders and young people to jointly define and prioritize actions to improve access and use of voluntary contraception. If we want to provide access to a full contraceptive method mix for sexually active young people, emergency contraception must be a part of that mix, particularly in — but not limited too — times of crisis. For many young women who still lack the agency to resist unwanted sexual activity, or for young people who want to responsibly remedy a mistake, the ability to obtain and effectively use emergency contraception can ensure young people can protect their health and their futures, even in the midst of a global crisis.
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MERCK Foundation 2019 .

Hey friends, Y2Y was present and played an active role during the MERCK Foundation 2019 Luminary in Accra from the 29-30th October. This Luminary was attended by the President of Ghana, co-chaired by the First Lady of Ghana, with over 10 First Ladies, more than 15 Ministers and over 1000 scientists. Remember as an organization, one of our thematic focuses is to fight against non-communicable diseases among adolescents in Cameroon. Our Founder and CEO (Dr. Jackie) is a MERCK Foundation Cardiovascular Alumnus, and also the Alumni Lead for French-Speaking Africa. She was a member of the scientific Committee and also a speaker at this conference. Together with world-class scientists from across the globe, she contributed and learned new ways of Cardiovascular disease prevention! As an organization, we are proud of this stride and we are more determined to continue the fight against Cardiovascular diseases in Cameroon.
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HealthFair Guzang

Yassssss!!!!!!!!!! Just few days from our first anniversary, we decided to round up our year in a grand style. In partnership with the Awom Development Association, Youth-2-Youth and the friends of Y2Y organized a health fair in Guzang on Saturday the 18th of January 2020. We had a dynamic team of 12 youth-leaders made up of; 5 Medical Doctors, 5 laboratory scientists, a Pharmacist and a nurse. With 8 more healthcare volunteers from this community (making a total of 20 healthcare providers), we effectively reached over 500 men, women, children and adolescents. The fair started with two health talks. The first was on the prevention and the management of diabetes and hypertension delivered by dynamic Dr Didien (consultant with Doctors Without Borders in the NWR) and the second talk was on Family Planning and SRHR from Dr Jackie (the Founder and coordinator of Y2Y). Not only did we educate these adolescents on FP, but we also empowered mothers and fathers on how to effectively engage their children on sexual and reproductive health and did distribute 1000 condoms. This was truly an amazing experience of bearing enormous risk to reach out to those who are in great need! As we turn 1+, we look forward to doing even more for our youth and adolescents. We are out for a disruptive narrative for the wellbeing of our adolescents. #DisruptingforChange#
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She Decides Day 2020

Have you ever imagined a world where girls and women have the opportunity to access unbiased information on their health? An environment where they can choose when to marry, who to love, when to love, which career option to pursue, when to conceive, which family planning method to use, what to study and so much more? Y2Y in commemoration of #SheDecidesDay2020 and the International Women’s Week, presented a friendly talk on CRTV Bamenda on this subject. We re-affirm our devotion in contributing to create the #NewNormal for girls and women in our society. It’s time to Right the wrongs!!
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Youth2Youth Is A Year Old Today

Hey guys……….It has been an incredible journey! It all started as a joke but here we are. In just one year, we have fully engaged 3000+ adolescents in person and have reached 15000+ people online. In one year, we have initiated community dialogues on youth and sexuality, empowered healthcare providers to be more youth-friendly, launched a youth-friendly corner, provided Family planning services and information to hundreds of vulnerable youth within the North West Region and beyond….. and so much more!
On such a memorable day, we fully commit ourselves to doing more for our girls and boys. We are here for a positive disruptive change and we will reach the unreachable, providing for the information and services to make informed choices!
Many thanks to our friends, partners and wellwishers and cheers to our incredible volunteers Happy First Anniversary to us!!! You can reach out and be a part of what we do.”
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