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Beyond One Size Fits All: Advancing Inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Young People with Disabilities

This event will be held in English, with interpretation into International Sign Language. Closed captioning in English will be provided.

Join Pathfinder International, FP2030, and Humanity & Inclusion (also known as Handicap International) for a discussion focused on the experiences of young persons with disabilities seeking health services,  the role of health service providers, and the importance of partnerships in overcoming barriers related to all young persons’ access to sexual and reproductive health services and information.

During this side event for the Global Disability Summit, we’ll explore programmatic best practices—such as the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities and representative organizations, methods for adapting to new challenges like COVID-19, the role of stakeholder partnership for disability-inclusive development, and the importance of developing programs that align with their lived experiences. REGISTER >> 

Featured Speakers:
  • Zekia Musa Ahmed, Inclusion Assistant for the Women integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health (WISH), Humanity & Inclusion (HI), South Sudan
    Before joining HI, Ms. Ahmed worked as a Senior Disability Rights Activist at the General Secretary for the South Sudan Women with Disability Network and served as Vice Chair Lady for the South Sudan Union of the Visually Impaired.
  • Dr. Alessandra Aresu, Director of Global Health, Humanity & Inclusion
    Alessandra Aresu is a gender, age, and disability inclusive health specialist with a priority focus on inclusive sexual and reproductive health and rights and comprehensive sexuality education.
  • Shangwe Kimath, Project Officer, Tanzania, Pathfinder International
    Shangwe is a Project Officer for the Scaling Up Family Planning Project (SuFP), which aims to scale up family planning services specifically for youth and persons with disabilities. He has 6 years of intensive experience in social inclusion, social and behavioral change communication, and gender and local government engagement.
  • Cate Lane, Director of Adolescents and Youth, FP2030
    Cate Lane supports the development and implementation of high quality commitments to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people. She has worked with adolescent and youth programs for over 30 years. 
  • Kaela Lutrell, Public Health major and COVID Prevention Specialist at Gallaudet University
    Kaela’s experience encompasses an internship working with PAHO on a survey of accessibility of Deaf persons in LAC affected by COVID-19 and on the university Public Health and Safety Team. Additionally, Kaela has extensive experience in health disparities, notably among the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community.
  • Yumna Mmanga Omar, Founder and Chairperson, All About Albinism Campaign Zanzibar
    All About Albinism Campaign Zanzibar is a non-governmental organization that aims to spread awareness on albinism. Yumna was awarded as the outstanding youth in social work in 2019 at the Zanzibar youth awards. She is a member of Zanzibar global fund country coordinating mechanism representing disability constituency. She is a teacher by profession and as a person with albinism she is also championing for diversity and inclusion.
  • Marta Pirzadeh, Senior Technical Advisor, AYSRHR, Pathfinder International
    Marta Pirzadeh has over 20 years of experience in the public health field with a primary focus on AYSRH, maternal and infant health, HIV prevention and community-based programming.