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Agung Arnita

Agung Arnita - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Officer
Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Indonesia
Current Location: Indonesia, South East Asia
Master of Health Communication from University of Sydney
Agung has incredible energy and passion. She makes crucial links between research and advocacy, working for stronger family planning services for Indonesian women. She has also brought Indonesian stories to the world through Family Planning Voices. – Sarah Harlan, Learning Director, Knowledge for Health (K4Health) at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As one of the contributors for Family Planning Voices from Indonesia, I have met and interviewed various committed people who are working in family planning. Family Planning Voices is a platform which enable people to tell their stories with their own words. I believe the Family Planning Voices has inspired many people in sharing their knowledge and experience regarding family planning. Members of DWG (District Working Group) in Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) program are some of those people who are inspired by storytelling approaches. As a multi stakeholder forum for family planning at district level, DWG provides the opportunity to share knowledge and experience among the members.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

During my childhood, I often asked my parents, why there were only 2 children in our family since in my neighborhood, it was common to have 4 children. Only after I work on family planning issue, I begin to understand how important family planning is. My parents’ decision to have only two children shows their understanding of family planning. Family planning is not only about contraception but also how to plan your family, including the number of children.

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

When I was working on Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) program as program officer, we were working with various stakeholders from national to district level. One of my roles was to ensure that all stakeholders know their roles and responsibilities in order to achieve the program goals.

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? :

If I were selected as a winner, working together with local faith based organization, I would use this funding to improve the capacity of community volunteer (“Kader” in Indonesian). With the short number of family planning officer (PLKB = Petugas Lapangan Keluarga Berencana) in Indonesia, kader is one of the essentials actors in family planning. Their commitment and passion are unquestionable, however, there is a need to improve their capacity.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
interviewing for Family Planning Voices,

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