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Hacking the Next Generation of Youth-Friendly Contraceptives

Fiona Gannon of GOAL in Ireland will use mobile technology to conduct surveys of young people aged between 18 and 20 years old in urban regions of Sierra Leone to find out their opinions on contraceptives in order to promote more widespread use. They will develop the survey and advertise and deliver it directly on Facebook to encourage participation. Mobile phone airtime will be offered via mobile money agents as incentive to complete the survey, which will also ensure participants are the right age and from the right area. Participants will also be invited to be part of a collaborative brainstorming event - a hackathon - involving fun and interactive activities to help develop new family planning solutions that work better for their age group.

More information about Assess Family Planning Needs, Preferences and Behaviors to Inform Innovations in Contraceptive Technologies (Round 18)

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