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The Challenge Initiative

Abuja, Nigeria


The Challenge Initiative (TCI) represents a "business unusual" approach to providing lifesaving reproductive health and family planning information and services to underserved poor communities in urban areas, including those appropriate for adolescents and youth. It builds on the demonstrated success of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI). The TCI model is based on rapidly scaling up and sustaining proven family planning and AYSRH solutions by cultivating a culture of local ownership, innovation, learning, exchange and continuous improvement. TCI also leverages funding support from other bilateral, multilateral donors as well as foundations and the private sector. TCI works with four Accelerator Hubs covering East Africa, Francophone West Africa, India and Nigeria. As a learning consortium, TCI seeks to continuously challenge its thinking, assumptions and adaptations in order to improve its model to not only ensure rapid, sustainable scale-up of evidence-based family planning and AYSRH interventions but also for other health and development interventions more broadly.


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