120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide. Launched on World Contraception Day in 2015, 120 Under 40 shines a light on the “positive disruptions” made by young leaders in family planning, enabling others to model their behavior and build on their success. The project is led by the Bill & Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, with support from Bayer AG.
As 120 Under 40 has grown and matured, the Gates Institute and Bayer have looked to extend the reach and impact of the program beyond the final selection of leaders. Together, winners from the 2017 cohort developed a proposal for a funding mechanism that would support and expand the visibility of their work further. Beginning in 2019, the 120 Under 40 Ingenuity Fund was launched to fulfill this request and provide funding to 120 Under 40 winners for creative and innovative solutions to family planning and reproductive health. The Ingenuity Fund seeks to galvanize the 120 Under 40 winners to think big and bold about family planning challenges.
We are pleased to introduce the 2022 Ingenuity Fund Winners:
Felix Richard Manyogote, Tanzania
Dr. Felix’s Ingenuity Fund project, the NIONGOZE Youth Animation Project, is a project aiming to adopt the story telling approach through use of 3D animation videos to raise awareness on sexual reproductive health and family planning by providing information that are medically accurate, easy to understand and empowering to young people in Tanzania aged 12-24 years. Through a straight forward story telling animated format with striking visuals and youth references the Niongoze project will challenge myths & taboos and unpacks some of the SRHR issues that young people often do not discus.
Saro Imran, Pakistan
Saro’s Ingenuity Fund project, “World’s 1st HIV + Trangender SuperHero – Animated Short Film” will focus on development of communication material related to SRHR, including HIV/AIDS, using entertainment education methodology (Animated Short Film) for behavior change of mass audience not only in Pakistan but globally. This will be the world 1st Transgender super hero animated film that will address the issues of HIV/AIDS & stigma attached to it in a way that includes entertainment too.
Dr. Naglaa Fathy Lithy, Egypt
Dr. Naglaa’s project, “Gamification for CSE/SRH Education”, is to provide an interactive, innovative tool for Sexual and reproductive health education through gamification of the comprehensive sex education manual and creation of a friendly and easy use SRH toolkit to give everyone especially marginalized groups as women , youth and people with disability (PWDs) access to information regarding their sexual and reproductive health and correct information about family planning and its method.
Neira Ardaneshwari Budiono, Indonesia
Neira’s project, “#ProteksiItuSeksi (Protection is Sexy)”, will facilitate collaborations between 10 young people from diverse communities in Indonesia with 10 creative artists to co-produce various digital media (videos, comics, etc), showcasing stories of positive role models of fellow youth overcoming their shame and ignorance regarding condoms, which will be made accessible to young people with disabilities. These young people and creative artists will also take part in capacity-building sessions meant to build their capacity in sexual and reproductive health and rights, social and behavioral change communications, and inclusive communications to further strengthen their media products. Through elements of creative digital storytelling, meaningful youth engagement, and partnerships, Tabu.id will meet young people where they are with life-saving information about contraception.
Ashish Kumar Srivastava, India
Ashish’s Ingenuity Fund project, “Promoting self-care approach for Sexual reproductive health to differently-abled person”, proposes to develop a video, in which the information will be shared in the sign language, which is easily understood by the hearing disabled. The description of the selected method will be available in separate videos. These method-specific counselling and frequently asked questions videos will be linked to the main video and could be accessed by pressing the relevant link/button. The provision of virtual information will help hearing disabled to access SRH information without engaging the service providers. This self-care approach coupled with low-cost, customizable, scalable, and sustainable solution addressing the SRHS need of the hearing disabled.