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Rahul Dwivedi

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Rahul Dwivedi - 2017 Nominee
Position: Special Correspondent
Organization: Citizen News Service
Current Location: India
Masters in Socialogy
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
The Asian Human Rights and Drug Policy Programme, in cooperation with Global Drug Policy Programme, Open Society Institute and Jodhpur School of Public Health
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Youth Champions Initiative 2014
    Awarding Organization:
    Public Health Institute and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    December 11, 2014
  • Award:
    Scholarship for 46th the Union Wolrd Conference on Lung Health, Cape Town, South Africa
    Awarding Organization:
    the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
    Date Awarded:
    December 6, 2015
  • Award:
    Scholarship for 16th World Conference on Tobacco Or Health, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    Awarding Organization:
    the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
    Date Awarded:
    March 21, 2015
Rahul has been reporting on health development justice including youth's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, since 2008. He is a Youth Champion Initiative 2014 fellow and leads Vote For health campaign to foster youth leadership in youthSRHR – Bobby Ramakant , Director (Programme and Policy) at Citizen News Service
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been reporting on health and gender justice including Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)since 2010. I took lead to form a under 30 reporters team at CNS to report on youth SRHR. I also lead Vote For Health campaign hosted by CNS, and foster youth leadership and participation on health and development agenda including youth SRHR, by organizing various programmes such as annual Rights and Responsibilities training, citizen journalism training, school based events, CSO meets, media meets, webinars among others, in partnership with government agencies, and NGOs. In past years, I have conducted over 25 citizen journalism training, 300 school based events, 50 media meets and 35 webinars. In 2016, under 30 correspondents team produced a set of recommendations on youth SRHR.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was denied sexual and reproductive health related services and information at many stage of my life, and strongly believe that no one should, for example when I got married, both my partner and I were completely unaware about reproductive days of a woman which led to early child bearing. That is what I advocate to increase demand for easy accessibility of Sexual and Reproductive Health related information, education and services to all including youth.

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

Young voices are seldom heard in SRHR context, I proposed to create an under 30 youth correspondents team at CNS for reporting on youth SRHR in 2015. Correspondents team produced more than 60 news stories on SRHR around different themes such as SRH services, child marriage, menstrual hygiene etc. which got published in print & online media, news magazines and social media. The team also wrote a sets of recommendations based on their reporting, & get disseminated the same.

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? :

As I lead Vote For Health campaign, I would engage with more youths through partnerships with civil society and government agencies for youth organising in schools, colleges and paramedicals institutions, social media discussions, consultations, meetings and workshops among others, to prepare state specific 'Youth Call For Action" to improve youth access to SRHR information, education and services in the State.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Addressing state level media meet on importance of SRHR in the 2030 Global Goals for Sustainable Development , Trianing under 30 youth correspondents for reporting on youth SRHR , Interaction with paramedical and nursing students on health

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