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Jaya Setiawan Gulo

Jaya Setiawan Gulo - 2016 Nominee
Position: Youth Advocate; Government Officer
Organization: Ministry of Finance
Jaya Gulo has seen the hardships that follow some families, he has used those experiences to help give wisdom to those in same situations. With this wisdom, he will be able to help future families not experience those same predicaments. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I advocate reproductive health importance, promote contraception use awareness, and help set up a family planning in our community by sharing stories and facilitating a consultation to create future plans for family development in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Many high school graduates in our community will get married, and have children less than one-year apart. This is a big challenge where the family members still need more knowledge to lead their family planning. Together with my mother, a midwife, we have educated more than 500 families in four villages.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Ever since I was nine, I can still hear young women in our community pass away due to their young age and weak condition to give birth. In our community, many families are unable to have their children attend school simultaneously because of school fee and supplies. After school, the children leave and work with their parents. Constantly, seeing this around me makes me want to help these people.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The people in our community are unaware of the difficulty to raise a child to help a better life. Hopefully, there will be no victims of the lack of family family planning knowledge as I saw before. To overcome it, I have spread the awareness of family planning to the families through workshop.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

The state's biggest challenge in family planning is the implementation of public policy and the lack of public service to the community. The state government needs to act and run the programs made for the families and particularly women in the rural area. Together with the community, the government must inform the community about the family planning role of being a parent, this can be done by organizing a public campaign.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I believe that the 120Under40 will help me implement a family planning project to reach more families and women in rural area in North Sumatra. This project will facilitate free family planning and reproductive counseling service and advocate a policy reform to the state government to implement FP2020 agenda and open more job opportunities for women. We will collaborate with volunteers (doctors, nurses, midwives, and local community) in each village to organize workshop and empower the women.

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