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Loveria Sekarrini

Loveria Sekarrini
Position: Youth Advocate / Midwife / Trainer
Organization: Founder Aliansi Remaja Independen & Member Indonesia Young Health Profesional (http://iyhps.org/)
Loveria Sekarrini, Love for short - lives up to her name. The 28-year old girl spreads love through her work as a midwife and as an advocate representing young people in family planning and other sexual and reproductive health and rights. – Dr. Annette Sachs Robertson, UNFPA Representative in Indonesia at UNFPA
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Im focus on young people to disseminate information in community level, services delivery, advocacy in local&national level & follow up every international agreement about Sexual Reproductive Health & Right (SRHR) including family planning and ensure young people have an access to comprehensive sexuality education in & out of school curriculum&youth friendly services including unwanted pregnancy family planning & contraception. My achievement in community is create young midwife who's can spread information about SRHR & Family Planning. For individual achievement, Youth ambassador for HIV/AIDS in 2005, First Youth Advisory Panel UNFPA in 2007, Indonesian Delegates for CPD 47th session New York&others conference&individual consultant for adolescent reproductive health in disaster response.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

i was a girl, I'm a women, i'm founder of three NGO who's focus on SRHR, I'm a midwife, i'm a lecture in academy of midwifery and i have a public health degree's background. That is my sequence of my life. Since i'm study in senior high school, i like health issue, because so many people around, has some problems related to reproductive health, unwanted pregnancy & etc. When i was young i don't how to help when they asking for help. But now with this knowledge i can help them.

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

Its very difficult to ensure contraception for young people. In Indonesia, contraception only for marriage women. What i've done, i'm become a midwife so every young people will have access to contraception&i teach young midwife to ensure they can give an access to contraception to young people.I do some advocacy related that issue & i give an information about reproductive health to young people in community level so the can protect themselves & take responsibility of their sexual life

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

The biggest challenges is young people don't have an access for family planning so they have risk of their sexual life such as STI, HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, etc. Lack of awareness of family planning its big problems. It can be addressed through give a information about comprehensive sexuality education in&out of school, give an access for youth friendly services including services for contraception&unwanted pregnancy & advocacy is the very important to ensure family planning is human rights

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

I will keep doing what i'm doing right now but advocacy in local and national level for comprehensive sexuality education and youth friendly services still my primary program and always delivery services as a midwife is a main duty of my life and as a young lecture of midwife, i plan to study in Phd program to increase my knowledge in reproductive heath issue.

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