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Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors (TEGA)

Zoe Dibb of Girl Effect in the United Kingdom will train a network of girl researchers to use their custom-built mobile phone research application to find out why 99% of married girls aged 15-19 years old in Northern Nigeria do not use modern contraceptives. This peer-to-peer approach should help encourage young girls to speak more openly about their needs and experiences. Their network of seventeen girl researchers will be trained to use the application to ask 120 young girls, both married and unmarried, quantitative and qualitative questions, and capture their responses using different visual and numerical formats as well as photos and videos to provide greater insight into their views. They will also work with adolescent co-designers to explore desirable attributes of contraceptives with a view towards building and testing prototypes with partners in the future.

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

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