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JONATHAN BREW

JONATHAN BREW
Position: FOUNDER
Organization: INFORMED CHOICE PROJECT
Current Location: Ghana
First Degree from University of Cape Coast, Bachelor of Arts[ Population and Family Life]
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certificate of Course Completion in Global Health (Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health), Global Health eLearning Center
Jonathan Brew has been involved with Family planning activities since 2010. He is a trained Peer Educator by Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) and founder of Informed Choice project. He has been involved in several BCC programs. – IRENE OCKRAH-ANYIM, Director of Growth and Research at Syecomp Ghana Ltd
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My contribution towards Family Planning dates back to the time I participated in the Salin + project by Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana. I volunteered in several outreach programs to some rural communities and also assisted in community mobile clinic activities. From that time, I became very passionate to spread the good news on family planning. I felt that there was so much myths and misconceptions about family planning and this had an adverse effect on young girls who were sexually active yet didn’t use contraceptives due to perceptions they had harbored in their mind.
Through my Informed Choice Project, I have been able to come into contact with more than 1500 girls in various sessions and still counting. Together with my team, we hope to reach out to 5000 youth by 2018.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

November, 2012, In the hospital I did my national service, I came into contact with a 15 years’ young girl who was rushed in an unconscious state. She attempted performing an unsafe abortion. I kept asking myself why should this young girl loose her life due to her inability to access the right information. This is what is happening in many communities in Ghana and I believe this can end now. With the right information young people especially girls would make informed choice for a better life

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

I have continuously exhibited leadership in family planning work since my first volunteering experience. My participation as a group leader in community outreach, mobile clinics, radio programs, peer to peer education just to mention a few are evidence of my leadership work. Currently, I run the informed choice project, where I am tackling the problem of teenage pregnancy using education on contraceptives as part of my strategies.

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? :

One of the objectives of the project is to make Sexual and Reproductive Health information easily accessible to about 5,000 youth located within the rural communities by 2018. If named a winner, it gives me the strength to facilitate our efforts. It will aid us in the production of instructional materials and the organization of Behavioral Change Communication programs.

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