Why this issue is important?
More than 1 million adolescents aged 10-19 years die every year – more than 3000 every day – from largely preventable causes.
The leading causes of death in this age group are road traffic injury, suicide, interpersonal violence, HIV, and diarrhoeal diseases. Harmful use of alcohol, tobacco and drug use, lack of physical activity, poor diet and unprotected sex during adolescence, and previous exposure to child maltreatment all increase the risks for these causes of death, especially during the individual’s subsequent adulthood.
Also, for girls 15-19 years of age the leading cause of death is pregnancy-related complications.
Most of these deaths can be prevented with quality health services, education and societal interventions.
The World Health Organization (WHO), supported by the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT), UNAIDS and the World Food Programme (WFP), challenge you to use your bright minds and entrepreneurial skills to address one of the of urgent health challenges for the next decade : Keeping young people safe.
With a view to keeping young people safe across the world, the range of possible health innovation solutions that may be submitted include:
a) apps or games;
b) wearables, digital technologies, tools or platforms, products;
c) the creation or improvement of products, services, processes;
d) new approaches to collaboration or communication, or new ways of engaging young people and/or other stakeholders;
e) policy reform proposals.
Health innovations are defined here as the creation or improvement of virtual, physical or digital products, services, processes, or systems to improve public health.
Think about the potential for innovations to flow across the world.
Perhaps an innovation in a low-income country can have an impact in a high-income country.
Learning has no boundaries.
Please help think out of the box!
1. Individuals and groups of up to four (4) individuals are invited to respond to the challenge by submitting a proposed solution to the challenge.
2. There are no age restrictions.
3. Only one (1) submission is allowed per individual or group of individuals.
4. Submissions must be made in your own personal capacity, and not as representative of an organization.
5. Submissions will be accepted globally, but priority will be given to submissions that demonstrate respect for gender diversity and involvement of young people exposed to, affected by or living with the issue/risk/disease/condition in the development of the respective solution.
Utilize This Offer
Individuals and groups of up to four (4) individuals are invited to respond to the challenge by submitting a proposed solution to the challenge. There are no age restrictions. Only one (1) submission is allowed per individual or group of individuals. Submissions must be made in your own personal capacity, and not as representative of an organization.
Your submission to this challenge must happen by 15 April 2020 at 11:59 PM (New York, USA time).
The winners and their proposals will be invited to an award ceremony at WHO’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2020 (date TBC), as part of a one week program with the Department for Digital Health and Innovation, and mentioned on the WHO public website.
Given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation, this event will likely be a virtual event. Only if the public health situation so permits, will an in-person event be considered. In the case of an in-person event, flights and accommodation will be covered by WHO, in accordance with its rules and procedures, for up to three winners (one individual representative of each winning proposal).
For more information, please visit https://ideas.unite.un.org/reboothealth/Page/Home