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Lessons learned: Global youth digital platforms spread health messages

Rita Widiadana

The Jakarta Post

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Kigali, Rwanda  /  Tue, April 16, 2019  /  05:45 pm
Lessons learned: Global youth digital platforms spread health messages

Let’s talk: A youth adviser from the Indonesian Planned Parenthood's Kita Sayang Remaja program in Bali leads a discussion with youth participants. (Courtesy of Kisara Bali/-)

The writer was invited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Global Health Strategy at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHCCP), to attend an international conference on family planning in Kigali, Rwanda.       In the digital era, new media technologies are a central part of young people’s lives.  They obtain a wide variety of information through social media and social network sites.   Fitri Hari Putjuk, director of Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHCCP) Indonesia, believes social media has presented many opportunities as well as challenges for organizations and professionals to engage with young people in completely different ways.   “We are now witnessing the totally evolving way...