Announcing the 2017 Winners of 120 Under 40

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Announcing the 2017 Winners of 120 Under 40
Publication Date: 09/12/2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announces the 2017 winners of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders today.

120 Under 40 recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide; it is led by the Gates Institute with support from Bayer. Over the course of this multi-year project, 120 young family planning champions will be chosen, 40 in each of the three project years.

This year’s 40 winners are advocates, researchers, service providers, epidemiologists, medical doctors, program officers, communications/media professionals, and founders of NGOs and nonprofits. They work all over the world—in clinics and universities, in offices, and in the field—to advance family planning and reproductive health. Some examples:

  • In Madagascar, Maia Freudenberger leads Projet Jeune Leader, a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health program running in 12 rural and urban middle schools, which she co-founded at the age of 21.
  • In Bangladesh, Abu Sayed Hasan of UNFPA has introduced and implemented a national family planning campaign targeted toward adolescents and youth in the lowest-performing districts, and played a major role in reactivating the FP2020 Bangladesh Country Engagement Working Group.
  • In Uganda, Allen Kabagenyi serves on the family planning working group of the Uganda Ministry of Health and is a researcher, statistician, trainer and lecturer at Makerere University.
  • In New York, Thoai Ngo directs Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program and its new GIRL (Girl Innovation, Research and Learning) Center, which translates and generates high-quality evidence to transform adolescent girls’ lives.