Governing Health Futures 2030 Youth Network
Stronger governance of digital technology, data and artificial intelligence is required to maximise the benefits – and mitigate the risks – of health in a digital age for the next generation. To date, young people’s needs and perspectives have been largely overlooked in the design, application and governance of digital health and data. Through this proposal, Switzerland will support greater youth involvement in governing health futures.
Health systems strengthening
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Sector not specified
- Other Academic Research North
Development agencies and business are increasingly exploring how technology can help to leapfrog development, especially in LMICs with high youth populations. However, the use of digital technologies in resource-poor settings remains nascent and uncoordinated. Huge divides exist in levels of digital literacy, internet connectivity, and access to quality health systems, meaning that the poorest and most marginalised groups are unable to enjoy the benefits of healthcare in a digital age. There is therefore a need for better guidance on how to maximise the benefits of digital technologies and data in various policy areas, including health, through better governance, with a view to also facilitating the greater participation of all stakeholder groups, including young people and women, in the digital sphere.
The Lancet and the Financial Times have convened a Commission ‘Governing health futures 2030: Growing up in a digital world’ (GHF2030 Commission) to run from October 2019 to December 2021. The Commission is exploring the convergence of digital health, Artificial Intelligence and other frontier technologies with Universal Health Coverage, with a special focus on improving the health of children, adolescents, and young people in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
|Objectives||By 2030, digital development has helped to improve the health and wellbeing of all people, especially children and young people.|
- Young people, particularly in LMICs, with an interest in health
- Global and national policymakers responsible for digital transformation,
- Digital technology companies.
1. Diverse groups of young people from
2. GHF2030 Commission delivers a set of recommendations
3. GHF2030 Youth Network supports dissemination
1. GHF2030 Youth Engagement Strategy developed.
2. GHF2030 Youth Network established.
3. Consultations held with groups of young people, including medical students, to inform Commission’s work.
4. Methodology developed and tested for qualitative digital consultations with young people.
5. Set of research papers prepared on issues related to/suggested by young people to inform GHF2030 Commission’s work.
6. Findings of a multi-country poll of young people analysed and presented to GHF2030 Commission.
7. GHF2030 Youth Network develops and implements a workplan to support the dissemination of Commission’s recommendations and other advocacy objectives.
8. Consultations held with groups of young people, including medical students, to inform Youth Network activities.
Results from previous phases: Not applicable. This is a new proposal.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
Foreign academic and research organisation
· The Youth and Media, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at
· The Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western Sydney University.
· The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations.
Governments, academia, international organisations, NGOs, private sector.
|Coordination with other projects and actors||Collaboration with UNICEF on a multi-country poll using mobile phones to capture young people’s views on digital health. The implementation of the Youth Network’s workplan will entail collaboration with youth-led organisations with an interest in digital health such as Youth Experts: Tech 4 Health (hosted by Plan Canada).|
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 650’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 185’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF 4’560’107|