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Young Experts: Tech 4 Health


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Overview

Today, young people aged 10 to 24 make up one quarter of the world’s population. Yet too many of them continue to face challenges in realizing their health and rights. In 2020, Young Experts: Tech 4 Health (YE:T4H) was formed to provide independent insight and counsel to Digital Transformation for Universal Health Coverage 2030, a global coalition on leveraging digital innovation to achieve quality healthcare for all. Alongside Fondation Botnar, the founders of the coalition include Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), PATH and Women Deliver. Learn more about the coalition here. 

 

Young Experts: Tech 4 Health (YE:T4H) is a platform for young people to shape and guide the agenda towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 through data and digital technologies. It is comprised of 12 experts in policy and advocacy, health, digital technology and youth engagement between ages 18 to 30. Hosted by Plan International Canada, the platform has representation from all six World Health Organization regions.  

The Young Experts will work to advance the global health agenda in two core ways:  

  • Designing independent initiatives and campaigns to highlight the intersections of youth, digital technology and global health by building networks of young people globally, drawing attention to best practices, and generating opportunities for engagement.  
  • Supporting the coalition’s core working groups as co-leads and members, bringing forward their unique perspectives and supporting the development of inclusive policies and campaigns.  

The issue

Young people, especially young women and girls face structural barriers to accessing health services, including restrictive laws, lack of information about their own health; limited bodily autonomy; and stigma surrounding certain essential services. Health services and information for young people are key components of UHC. This includes financing for health products, training health workers, de-stigmatizing sexual reproductive health, and ensuring quality and accessibility. With 87 per cent of countries worldwide reporting to have one or more national digital health initiatives, digital technology can no longer be considered separately from health service delivery nor the potential for health promotion ignored. Digital technology should be recognized as a catalyst to achieving the UHC agenda— with youth voices and their expertise guiding how these new tools are leveraged.  

Together with the coalition members, Fondation Botnar is supporting a 10-year effort around advocacy, communication and accountability for artificial intelligence and digital and frontier technologies as a catalyst for the 2030 UHC agenda. This new coalition calls for young people and youth-led organizations to have their say on how digital innovation can uphold quality primary health care for all. YE:T4H is a platform for young people around the world to amplify their voices, shape and contribute to the vision and mission of the coalition, and help guide a youth-led agenda around UHC 2030.     

Our work

 

Understanding Youth and COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities BY THE YOUNG EXPERTS: TECH 4 HEALTH COUNCIL

COVID-19 Opinion Piece

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