Investing in young people is critical for global health outcomes.
The current generation of 1.8 billion youth -- a quarter of the world’s population -- is the largest in history. In most countries in sub-Saharan Africa, people ages 15 to 29 will continue to comprise about half of the population for the next four decades.
MSH invests in strengthening health systems and partnering with communities to improve youth health. We engage young people as leaders capable of generating dynamic ideas, creating new solutions, and mobilizing resources for sustainable health systems in their communities. We pay special attention to addressing health issues that disproportionately affect young people (e.g. HIV and AIDS; unwanted, early and close-spaced pregnancies; and obstetric emergencies) and partner with organizations, such as the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), to increase health impact.
Together, with our partners, we empower youth to create changes in policies and practices that are barriers to accessing health care. We increase young people’s awareness of their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). We build youth’s skills in leadership, management, and governance. We use community-based approaches and evidence-based advocacy to engage young people and communities in social dialogue around health issues.
MSH helps youth have the opportunity for a healthy life for themselves, their communities, and the world. This newsletter showcases some of these stories -- from Uganda to Nigeria to Peru and more -- and global efforts to engage and empower youth on health.
Young people are not only patients, clients, and beneficiaries. Young people are partners, providers, citizens, and leaders -- the most active generation in history -- that can and will lead us to a healthier future.