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About Our Event

YIDP Convention 2023 is a high-level event organized by the Youth Initiative Development Programme (YIDP) in collaboration with Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya. The convention is scheduled to take place on 10th-11th August 2023 and will be conducted virtually to ensure the safety and convenience of all participants.

Under the theme “Building a Sustainable Healthy Community for Youths in Africa,” the convention aims to bring together key stakeholders, health experts, policymakers, experts, and youth leaders to discuss and address critical issues related to youth empowerment, health, and sustainable development in Africa.

Reasons to attend YIDPC 2023?

Throughout the event, various plenary sessions and workshops will focus on topics such as private-public partnerships, digital innovation, mental health, sports for social transformation, climate action, and more. The convention will provide a platform for participants to share insights, best practices, and innovative ideas for creating positive change in the lives of African youth.

YIDP Convention 2023 seeks to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking among participants to develop practical and sustainable solutions that empower young people and contribute to the advancement of the African continent.

During the convention we pre-arranged B2B meeting for our sponsors and partners as requested. Receive recommendations on who you should meet based on common interests for your organisation.

When great mind come together, great things happens. With an exclusive convention we create an environment to learn from leading experts in the industry, and gain valuable insights which you can implement in business right away.

We have various challenges or problems which we all intend to resolve to achieve our purpose. What's new with you? Join us to reconnect with young social entrepreneurs with innovative idea and startups, and discuss business models and collaboration.

YIDP Convention is Africa oriented to create solutions to save the lives of young people. We do things differently. That's why different stakeholders approach us for partnership, can you be one of them ? This is an annual event, year after year.

Who is attending YIDP Convention 2023


The schedule is subject to change without notice. All time are shown on EAT +3 (Eastern Africa Time).

Stimulating content will be delivered in an engaging way – through sponsored plenary knowledge sessions, collaborative, networking sessions, exhibition areas, and dinner meetings ensuring key messages are retained and commitments are actioned.

Day 1 Programme: Thursday, 10 August 2023

Breakfast sessions/Networking Nuru Hall
Opening Ceremony Nuru Hall Guest
Keynote: The future for the Youth in Africa Nuru Hall Delegates & Panelist
Session 1: Private-public partnership in generating new investments, opportunities and financing for the youth in Africa in realization of SDGS and agenda 2063 Nuru Hall Delegates & Panelist
  • Ms. Lizzie Otaye
    Partnership and Communication Consultant

Building modern, sustainable, and reliable opportunities in our community is critical for meeting the rising aspirations of millions of young people around the African continent. Africa needs to revise and adapt its development agenda, due to ongoing structural transformations, increased peace and reduction in the number of conflicts, renewed economic growth and social progress, the need for people-centered development, gender equality and youth empowerment, changing global contexts such as increased globalization and the ICT revolution; the increased unity of Africa makes it a global power to be reckoned with and capable of rallying support around its own common agenda; and emerging development and investment opportunities in areas such as agri-business, infrastructure development, health and education as well as the value addition in African commodities, the realization of Agenda 2063 can be achieved if and only if we embrace Private-Public Partnership.

Session 2: Sports and culture as a driver in youth cohesion, identity and unity, by enhancing talents and skills, hence promoting lives Nuru Hall Delegates & Panelist
Dialing In Zoom
7:30 โ€“ 10:00 am EAT
Opening Ceremony Zoom Panelist
  • Sr. Alice Anzoyo
    Sr. Alice Anzoyo
    Director of the Centre for Leadership Management, Tangaza University College
  • Sarah Porter
    Sarah Porter
    Founder, CEO InspiredMinds UN advisor LAWS / Women & Girls
  1. Government officials
  2. Partners/ Sponsor (Partner videos will be played)
  3. Youth Initiative Development Programme Officials
  4. Chief guest


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09- 10:00 am EAT
Session 1: Private-public partnership in generating new investments, opportunities and financing for the youth in Africa in realization of SDGS & agenda 2063 Zoom Panelist
  • Lizzie Otaye
    Lizzie Otaye
  • Cynthia Kankindi
    Cynthia Kankindi
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  • Chrys Promesse KANIKI (MD, PhDc)
    Chrys Promesse KANIKI (MD, PhDc)
    AU-Africa CDC Communications officer.

The Youth Initiative Development Programme (YIDP) firmly believes in the significance of private-public partnerships to fulfill their mission of constructing a healthy and sustainable community for youth projects in Africa. These partnerships aim to generate new investments, opportunities, and financing for youth projects, ultimately reducing mental illness stemming from limited opportunities for young individuals. Collaborating with governments is crucial to ensure sustainable and impactful solutions, particularly in settings with limited resources. Governments possess the necessary infrastructure to reach a larger population, hold fiduciary authority over expenditure, and possess a deep understanding of the needs and values of their citizens.

  1. How can private and public sectors collaborate to create innovative financing models that attract investment in youth-led ventures and start-ups focused on health, agribusiness, nutrition, and technology, ultimately driving progress towards the SDGs and Agenda 2063?
  2. What successful case studies exist where public-private partnerships have effectively supported youth entrepreneurship in the health, agribusiness, and innovation sectors, and what lessons can be learned to replicate these achievements on a broader scale?
  3. In the context of sustainable development, how can private companies and government entities actively involve and empower youth in decision-making processes related to investments and policies, ensuring that their voices are heard and their ideas are valued?
  4. What strategies can be adopted to provide skill development, mentorship, and capacity-building programs for young entrepreneurs in health, agribusiness, nutrition, and technology, thereby creating a conducive environment for their success and growth in Africa?
  5. How can private and public stakeholders collaborate to address barriers to market access, regulatory challenges, and infrastructural limitations faced by youth-led ventures, fostering an enabling ecosystem that nurtures their contributions to the SDGs and Agenda 2063?
  6. What role can international organizations, financial institutions, and impact investors play in supporting private-public partnerships that prioritize youth-driven solutions in health, agribusiness, nutrition, and innovation, and what mechanisms can be put in place to ensure accountability and sustainability?
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10:00- 10:20 am EAT
Break and Networking Zoom Panelist
10:30 โ€“ 11:45 am EAT
Session 2: Sports as a driver of social transformation and tool for global health promotion among the youth. Zoom Panelist
  • Dr Prem Adheesh Lekhi
    Dr Prem Adheesh Lekhi
  • Mr. Douglas Kibanda
    Mr. Douglas Kibanda
    HIV/AIDS Program coordinator and Adolescent/Young People Focal Person for Dagoretti North and South Sub Counties in Nairobi City County
  • Dr Orpa Nyakundi
    Dr Orpa Nyakundi
    Commission for UNESCO in Kenya as Deputy Director Programme in the Ethics of Science and Sports Division.
  • Daniel Mala  (Habib Omar)
    Daniel Mala (Habib Omar)
    Youth Advocate & Mentor,

Adolescent and youth participation in pro-social activities, such as sports, has the potential to promote identity formation, self-efficacy, social support, and overall well-being. However, the specific benefits of sports participation in Africa have not been thoroughly assessed.

With the youth population rapidly increasing in Africa, there is a pressing need for meaningful social engagement opportunities. Various factors, including risks and vulnerabilities at home and in school, poverty, limited access to opportunities, and inequitable gender norms, can leave adolescents feeling isolated and contribute to harmful behaviors that affect their health and well-being. Sports, beyond its physical fitness aspects, holds value as a popular recreational activity and can serve as a platform for role models and youth empowerment. It has the potential to build self-confidence, foster peer engagement, promote health, and offer economic opportunities through leadership and agency. However, the true potential of sports in youth engagement programs is not well understood, necessitating rigorous dialogue to explore these benefits and pathways for better engagement, opportunities, health, and gender equity.

This session will provide insights into the investment in sports to generate opportunities and promote global health among youth. It will present the latest data on sports-health spending, highlighting disparities across countries in their capacity to invest in sports. The discussion will delve into policy considerations that can lead to increased funding for sports and health initiatives, including exploring collaborations between the private and public sectors to drive transformation in the field. Additionally, it will address the need to reassess the relationship between Ministries of Health and sports in countries where sports-health is less prioritized. The session recognizes the power of sports in fostering positive social change and improving health outcomes. By leveraging the popularity and appeal of sports, this session aims to engage youth in physical activities, promote healthy behaviors, and address social issues, ultimately contributing to their overall well-being and the achievement of global health goals. ย 

  1. How can sports be utilized as a powerful tool for promoting physical health and well-being among young people, especially in the context of global health challenges?
  2. What are some successful examples of sports-based programs that have effectively addressed social challenges and promoted positive values among youth in marginalized communities?
  3. How can sports break down barriers and promote social inclusion, particularly for marginalized youth, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds or with disabilities?
  4. In what ways can sports challenge gender stereotypes, promote gender equality, and empower girls and women through increased sports participation and leadership opportunities?
  5. How can partnerships and collaborations between sports organizations, governments, NGOs, and private sector entities be leveraged to scale up sports-based interventions for health promotion and social transformation?
  6. What recommendations can be developed for policymakers, sports organizations, and stakeholders on integrating sports into health promotion strategies and social development programs to create lasting positive impacts on youth and communities?
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12:30 โ€“ 14:00
Lunch session & Networking
12:00 โ€“ 01:00 pm EAT
Session 3: Contribution of the youth to digital space in Africa and Health Data Zoom Panelist
  • Dr. Martin Makau
    Dr. Martin Makau
    Medical Director | HealthX Africa
  • Farhan Yusuf
    Farhan Yusuf
  • Gitanjali Rao
    Gitanjali Rao
    TIME Top Innovator
  • Daniel Kinyanjui
    Daniel Kinyanjui
    Supply Chain Designs ~ Performance Management ~ Systems Support & Optimization~ Insupply

This session aims to highlight the vital role of young people in leveraging digital technologies and health data to drive innovation, improve healthcare delivery, and address health challenges in Africa. It will explore the diverse contributions of youth in utilizing digital health tools, technologies, and data analytics to enhance healthcare outcomes and promote data-driven decision-making. The session will provide a platform for young African healthcare professionals, data scientists, technologists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to share their experiences, initiatives, and insights in the intersection of digital health and health data.

  1. How are African youth leveraging digital technologies, such as mobile apps, social media, and data analytics, to collect and utilize health data in innovative ways, contributing to improved healthcare access and decision-making across the continent?
  2. What challenges and opportunities exist in promoting data privacy, security, and ethical considerations while encouraging youth engagement in the digital health space, and how can these concerns be effectively addressed in Africa?
  3. In what ways can youth-led initiatives harness the power of open data and crowdsourcing to bridge information gaps and tackle health disparities in underserved communities, ultimately contributing to more inclusive and equitable health systems?
  4. How can partnerships between tech companies, health organizations, and educational institutions be strengthened to provide youth with the necessary skills and knowledge to actively participate in the digital health revolution and become key drivers of change?
  5. What strategies can be adopted to ensure that digital health innovations and data-driven solutions developed by young Africans are widely accessible and tailored to meet the specific needs of diverse populations and health challenges across the continent?
  6. How can governments and international organizations support and invest in youth-led digital health projects, recognizing their potential to accelerate progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and other health-related SDGs in Africa?
02:30 โ€“ 03:30 pm EAT
Session 4: Public-Private institutions Partnering with colleges and Universities to Find, Nurture, Empower and Match Talents Zoom Panelist
  • Farida Abbas
    Farida Abbas
    Chief Executive Officer British Chamber of Commerce in Kenya.
  • Sr. Alice Anzoyo
    Sr. Alice Anzoyo
    Director of the Centre for Leadership Management, Tangaza University College
  • Michael Afolami
    Michael Afolami
    Lead of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network
  • Dr. Kelly Oluoch
    Dr. Kelly Oluoch
    Chief Executive Officer. Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC)

The session of public-private institutions collaborating with research institutions, colleges, and universities to find, nurture, and match skills with employers aims to bridge the gap between education and employment by fostering partnerships between different stakeholders. By bringing together the expertise and resources of public and private institutions, as well as the knowledge and talent of research institutions and educational organizations, this session seeks to ensure that the skills developed by individuals align with the needs of employers, leading to improved job prospects and economic growth.

  1. How can public-private partnerships create effective talent identification programs in collaboration with colleges and universities, ensuring that diverse and exceptional talents are discovered and nurtured for future leadership roles in various sectors?
  2. What innovative approaches can be adopted to empower and support students' personal and professional development, preparing them to meet the evolving demands of the job market and contribute meaningfully to societal needs?
  3. In what ways can public-private institutions collaborate with colleges and universities to bridge the gap between academia and industry, providing relevant and up-to-date training and experiences that enhance graduates' employability and career prospects?
  4. How can mentorship and internship programs, facilitated through public-private partnerships, play a pivotal role in helping students and young talents discover their potential, find their passions, and make informed career choices?
  5. What measures can be put in place to ensure that public-private partnerships in talent matching are inclusive, unbiased, and promote equal opportunities, particularly for underrepresented groups, fostering diversity and innovation in various sectors?
  6. How can these partnerships facilitate ongoing engagement and cooperation between colleges, universities, and industries, fostering a continuous exchange of knowledge, skills, and resources to adapt to the changing needs of the job market and society?
03:40 โ€“ 04:40 pm EAT
Session 5: Youth Leadership towards Sustainable Healthy Climate Action Zoom Panelist
  • Omnia El Omrani
    Omnia El Omrani
    Youth Envoy for the President of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27)
  • Gurmeet Philora
    Gurmeet Philora
    Senior Supply Chain Advisor || JSI
  • Alfred Sigo.
    Alfred Sigo.
    Founder and CEO Pwani Youth Network
  • Esha Venkat
    Esha Venkat
    COO & Founder NEST4US

The health of the youth and environment go hand in hand to create a healthier planet. Climate change disproportionately affects the physical and mental health of young people in Africa, especially those from disadvantaged communities. Youth have a powerful voice to advocate for climate action, but most institutions do not educate students on how they can be different leaders and change makers in their community. Public health professionals are uniquely qualified to fill the gap in educating and enlightening the youth about the health impacts of climate change and engaging them in advocating for climate justice in their communities this will reduce carbon emission.

In this session, we will discuss the disparities in how climate change affects our health especially the young person. recognize the role young people play in addressing climate change and promoting a sustainable and healthy future. ย 

This session aims to empower and engage youth in climate action, fostering their leadership skills, and encouraging them to advocate for environmentally friendly practices and policies that prioritize both human health and the planet's well-being.

  1. How can young leaders effectively advocate for and influence policies that integrate climate action and public health goals, promoting synergistic approaches to address both environmental and health challenges in Africa?
  2. What innovative strategies are youth-led organizations employing to mobilize communities and drive behavior change towards sustainable practices that not only benefit the climate but also improve public health outcomes on the continent?
  3. In the context of sustainable health and climate action, how can cross-sectoral collaborations between youth leaders, healthcare institutions, environmental organizations, and policymakers be fostered to ensure holistic and impactful initiatives?
  4. What role can digital platforms, technology, and data-driven solutions play in empowering young leaders to monitor, track, and communicate the progress of their sustainable health and climate projects, driving transparency and accountability?
  5. How can youth-led climate and health initiatives effectively address the unique needs and vulnerabilities of marginalized communities, ensuring that their voices are heard, and their well-being is safeguarded amidst the impacts of climate change?
  6. What opportunities exist for public-private partnerships to invest in youth-led projects that promote sustainable health practices and climate resilience, and how can these collaborations be sustained and scaled up for broader impact in Africa?
17:30 โ€“ 17:40
Conference Day 1 Adjourned
Session 2: Creating Vibrant Digitalisation and the digital ecosystem for the youth. Hall A Beginner

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Session 3: Public-Private institutions Partnering with colleges and Universities to Find, Train and Empower Talents Hall A Beginner

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Business and exhibition networking Hall A Beginner

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Session 4: Youth Leadership and Participation Hall A Beginner

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Day 2 Programme: Friday, 11 August 2023

7:00 โ€“ 07:40 am EAT
Dialing In Zoom
08:00 โ€“ 08:30 pm EAT
Recap of Day 1 Zoom Panelist
08:30 โ€“ 09:30 am EAT
Session 6: Private-public partnership to tackle the youth mental health crisis in Africa. Zoom Panelist
  • Yvonne Amollo
    Yvonne Amollo
    Psychologist Nairobi Place Addiction Treatment Centre
  •  Tony Sikolia Kisaka
    Tony Sikolia Kisaka
    Head of Strategy and Member partnerships at Coalition Action For Preventive Mental Health Kenya | Strategic Advisor at RESQ247
  • Stella Waruingi
    Stella Waruingi
    Head of Mental Health & Substance Use Program at Nairobi County, Directorate of Health
  • Dr Stacy Njani
    Dr Stacy Njani
    Resident Psychiatrist at Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital and Tranquil Medical Centre.

The Youth Initiative Development Programme (YIDP) recognizes the urgent need to address the rising mental health challenges faced by young people across the continent. By bringing together the resources, expertise, and networks of both the private and public sectors, this session aims to develop comprehensive, accessible, and sustainable solutions that prioritize the mental well-being of African youth.

Through PPPs, stakeholders from various sectors can work together to strengthen health systems, promote health education, provide financial protection, and ensure equitable access to high-quality services. By harnessing the collective knowledge, resources, and expertise of diverse partners, YIDP aims to improve the overall health outcomes and well-being of African youth. These partnerships are essential for addressing the pressing mental health challenges and achieving sustainable progress in the region.

  1. How can private-public partnerships work together to create accessible and youth-friendly mental health services that cater to the diverse needs and cultural sensitivities of African youth across different regions?
  2. In the context of the mental health crisis, what strategies can be adopted to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and promote open dialogue, fostering a supportive environment for young people to seek help and support?
  3. What successful models of public-private collaborations in mental health exist in other parts of the world, and how can African countries adapt and implement these best practices to address the specific challenges faced by youth in the region?
  4. How can technology and digital innovations be leveraged in partnership with mental health experts to provide cost-effective and scalable mental health solutions that reach remote and underserved youth communities?
  5. What steps can public and private sectors take to invest in mental health research, data collection, and evaluation to inform evidence-based policies and interventions that effectively address the mental health crisis among African youth?
  6. How can public-private partnerships mobilize resources and leverage their influence to advocate for increased mental health funding and support from governments, internationalย  organizations, and philanthropic entities?
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09;45 โ€“ 10:45 am EAT
Session 7: Strengthening Preparedness and Resilience for Emerging Threats: A Youth-Centric Approach. Zoom Panelist
  • Nahashon Aluoka
    Nahashon Aluoka
    Regional Advisor & Global Partnerships Lead (Nairobi) Pandemic Action Network
  • Perrykent Nkole
    Perrykent Nkole
    Project Lead and Strategist Africa Alliance
  • Brian (Yayo) Keya
    Brian (Yayo) Keya
    Ureport Kenya Manager Unicef
  • Judy W. Macharia
    Judy W. Macharia
    Community Health Specialist Nairobi City County

"Strengthening Preparedness and Resilience for Emerging Threats: A Youth-Centric Approach" focuses on empowering young people to effectively respond to and mitigate emerging threats in their communities. By recognizing the unique perspectives, skills, and energy of youth. This session aims to explore innovative strategies and solutions to empower and engage young people in building preparedness and resilience against emerging threats. By placing the youth at the center of the discussion, we will discuss the unique perspectives, skills, and contributions that young individuals can bring to effectively respond to and mitigate the challenges such us such as natural disasters, climate change, public health crises, and social conflict, posed by evolving global threats. Together, we will delve into practical approaches, partnerships, and policies that can enhance youth involvement and promote their active participation in preparedness efforts.

  1. How can we ensure that youth are actively engaged and involved in disaster preparedness and response efforts, recognizing their unique perspectives and contributions?

  2. What are some successful examples of youth-led resilience networks and initiatives that have effectively prepared young people to respond to emerging threats at the local, national, or regional levels?

  3. How can technology and digital tools be harnessed to enhance youth's preparedness and response capabilities, and what are the potential challenges in implementing such approaches?

  4. In what ways can comprehensive risk management and resilience education be integrated into formal and non-formal youth programs, and what are the key components of such education?

  5. How can we best address the mental health challenges and psychosocial support needs of young people during crises, and what role can peer support play in fostering resilience?

  6. What strategies can be employed to promote intergenerational collaboration and mentorship, enabling the transfer of knowledge and skills from older generations to youth in the context of emerging threats?




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12:00 โ€“ 01:00 pm EAT
Lunch sessions/Networking
01.30 โ€“ 02:30
Session 8: Promoting Adolescent-Youth Sexual Reproductive Health and mental wellness in Africa Zoom
  • Mlewa Kalama Onesmus
    Mlewa Kalama Onesmus
    Acting Executive Director EANNASO
  • Brenda Obondo
    Brenda Obondo
    Keynote Speaker
  • Maria C. Tororey
    Maria C. Tororey
    SRHR Technical Lead | Faith to Action Network
  • Roselyne Suku Mkabana
    Roselyne Suku Mkabana
    Chief Medical Social Worker Nairobi City County

The Youth Initiative Development Programme (YIDP) recognizes the critical importance of providing opportunities and investment in adolescent sexual reproductive health (SRH) and mental wellness. By prioritizing these areas, young people can have access to high-quality and affordable SRH services and products within their communities, safeguarding them against risks such as premature maternal deaths and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

"Promoting Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health and Mental Wellness in Africa session" aims to address the unique challenges faced by young people in the areas of reproductive health and mental well-being. By adopting a comprehensive and youth-centered approach, this concept seeks to empower adolescents and youth in Africa to make informed decisions, access quality reproductive healthcare services, and prioritize their mental well-being.

  1. How can we integrate comprehensive sexual reproductive health education into school curriculums to empower adolescents and youths with accurate information and promote mental wellness?
  2. What are the challenges faced in providing gender-based violence services to adolescent and youth populations in Africa, and how can we ensure these services are accessible and effective in promoting mental health?
  3. How can technology and digital health solutions be leveraged to improve access to reproductive and maternal health services for adolescents and youths in remote and underserved areas of Africa?
  4. What innovative approaches or community-based interventions have proven successful in addressing neonatal and child health issues while also promoting mental wellness among young parents?
  5. How can partnerships between government, non-profit organizations, and private sectors be strengthened to support sustainable adolescent-youth sexual reproductive health programs that also prioritize mental health support?
  6. What strategies can be implemented to break down cultural and societal barriers that may prevent open discussions about sexual reproductive health and mental wellness, especially among adolescents and youths in conservative settings?
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02:40 โ€“ 03:30 pm EAT
Session 9: Role of youth in advancing UHC in Africa Zoom Panelist
  • Zakari I. Osheku
    Zakari I. Osheku
    Executive Director PHC Initiative Africa
  • Sarah Kiptinness
    Sarah Kiptinness
    Head of Medical Services, Penda Health
  • Shreyaa Venkat
    Shreyaa Venkat
    CEO & Founder NEST4US
  •  Dr. Shadrack Opon Head of Health Systems at AMREF HEALTH AFRICA
    Dr. Shadrack Opon Head of Health Systems at AMREF HEALTH AFRICA

The Youth Initiative Development Programme (YIDP) emphasizes the importance of providing young people with access to quality and affordable healthcare through inclusive implementation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). By ensuring that healthcare services are comprehensive and protect young individuals from financial hardship, YIDP aims to promote economic security and uplift the continent. This requires effective collaboration and partnerships among government, youth initiatives, and civil society, as well as engagement with the private and public health sectors. Through these partnerships, resources can be leveraged, and innovative solutions can be developed to address the diverse healthcare needs of young people in Africa.

YIDP recognizes that UHC implementation should encompass preventive, promotive, rehabilitative, curative, palliative, and effective healthcare services. By prioritizing collaboration in areas such as health system strengthening, health education, financial protection, and access to quality services, YIDP aims to create an enabling environment where young individuals receive the healthcare they need to thrive. The ultimate goal is to empower young people with the necessary resources and support to break free from poverty, lead healthy lives, and contribute to the future development of the continent.

The Role of Youth in Advancing and Accelerating Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa" recognizes the immense potential of youth as catalysts for change in achieving equitable access to quality healthcare for all. By actively involving and empowering young people, this concept aims to harness their energy, innovation, and unique perspectives to advance UHC goals across the African continent.

  1. How can African youth actively engage in advocating for policy changes and healthcare reforms that prioritize UHC, ensuring access to quality and affordable health services for all segments of the population?
  2. In the context of UHC, what innovative approaches can young leaders adopt to address the social determinants of health and promote health equity, particularly among vulnerable and underserved communities?
  3. What strategies can be implemented to empower youth as advocates for preventive health measures and health education, with a focus on addressing non-communicable diseases and other health challenges prevalent among the youth in Africa?
  4. How can youth-led organizations collaborate with governments, healthcare institutions, and international partners to design and implement targeted interventions that strengthen primary healthcare systems and advance UHC in different regions of Africa?
  5. What role can digital health technologies and telemedicine play in supporting UHC efforts, and how can youth be actively involved in harnessing these innovations to bridge healthcare gaps and improve health outcomes?
  6. What opportunities exist for youth involvement in health financing mechanisms and how can young leaders contribute to sustainable funding models that support UHC implementation in Africa?
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Break and Networking Zoom Panelist
03:30 โ€“ 04:20 pm EAT
Session 10: Youth-Driven Immunization Advocacy: Promoting HPV, Malaria, and Other Vaccines Zoom Panelist
  • Nassor Mohamed
    Nassor Mohamed
    Senior Immunization Technical-JSI Officer
  • Vicky Maiyo Senior
    Vicky Maiyo Senior
    Program Officer-JSI
  • Anne Boraya
    Anne Boraya
    an immunization advocate focusing on reaching every child/youth
  • Valentina Milanova
    Valentina Milanova
    CEO & Founder Daye

This session aims to harness the power of youth in driving vaccine uptake among adolescents, with a specific focus on vaccines targeting HPV, malaria, and other infectious diseases. By engaging and empowering young individuals, this session will explore strategies to increase vaccine awareness, address vaccine hesitancy, and promote immunity among adolescents. The session will feature dynamic discussions, interactive workshops, and impactful presentations, showcasing successful youth-led initiatives and innovative approaches to promote vaccine uptake and strengthen immunity in Africa.

  1. How can youth-led immunization advocacy effectively address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, promoting the importance of HPV, malaria, and other vaccines to ensure broader acceptance and uptake in African communities?
  2. What role can digital platforms, social media, and influencers play in empowering young advocates to disseminate accurate information about vaccines and reach a wider audience, particularly among hard-to-reach populations?
  3. In the context of promoting HPV and malaria vaccines, how can youth leaders collaborate with healthcare providers, educational institutions, and community leaders to design culturally sensitive and inclusive immunization programs?
  4. What innovative approaches can be adopted to engage young people in designing and implementing immunization campaigns, leveraging their creativity and understanding of the target audience for greater impact?
  5. How can public and private sectors partner with youth-led organizations to invest in sustainable immunization initiatives, ensuring long-term support and sustainability for HPV, malaria, and other vaccine advocacy in Africa?
  6. What lessons can be learned from successful youth-driven immunization campaigns in other regions of the world, and how can these experiences be adapted to the unique contexts and challenges faced by African communities?
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04:30 โ€“ 17:00
Conference Day 2 Adjourned
Session 8: Youth Health and Sexual Reproductive Human Rights Nuru Hall Panelist

The session will focus on Youth Digital Economy & Equity; Leveraging the digital transformation process to achieve sustainable growth and development in Africa

Session 4: Public-Private institutions Partnering with colleges and Universities to Find, Train and Empower Talents Nuru Hall Panelist
Business and exhibition networking Nuru Hall Exhibitors
Session 5: Youth Leadership, Participation & Role of Youth in Sustainable Climate Action Nuru Hall Panelist
Session 8: Youth Health and Sexual Reproductive Human Rights Nuru Hall Panelist
Session 9: Role of youth in advancing UHC in Africa Nuru Hall Panelist
Business and exhibition networking Nuru Hall Executive Roundtable
Session 10: Youth as agents of change for HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening. Nuru Hall Panelist

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