Young People's Right to Health: Mind the Gap? Close the Gap!

Young People's Right to Health: Mind the Gap? Close the Gap!

03/06/2019 | 1-3pm; West Meeting Room 116-117, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, Canada

Women Deliver Conference 2019

SDC, MMS, Swiss TPH, UoG - Come and join us for an engaging discussion on how to reach the most vulnerable and marginalized young people and therefore realize their right to health!

This panel aims to unfold the complexity of the topic ‘reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised young people’ in the area of health by including multiple perspectives from research to policy and practice. The concepts of vulnerability, marginalisation, ‘hard-to-reach’ and ‘left-behind’ are often talked about, but what is actually being done to close the ‘gap’ and ensuring young people’s right to health? The focus of the panel will be on health and rights, but lessons learnt from other sectors will also be harnessed to enrich the conversation.

Our side event at the Women Deliver Conference 2019 aims to highlight best practices and challenges through interactive discussions with young people, researchers, policy makers, and project implementers. You will leave this event with new perspectives and tangible solutions on how to close the gap.


  • Ian Askew (HRP/WHO)
  • Wenceslas Djokpe (Batonga Foundation)
  • David Imbago (PMNCH Board Alternate)
  • Vithika Yadav (Love Matters India)
  • Charity Giyava (The PACT/ youth engage)
  • Louria Joy Paragon (IPPF; FPOP)

Yemurai Nyoni (CIFF)

Convenor: Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)

Co-organisors: Medicus Mundi Switzerland (MMS), the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and the University of Glasgow (UoG).

Confirmed co-sponsors: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), Batonga Foundation, The PACT and Love Matters India.

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference
will take place 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada and will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. It will serve as a catalyst for advocates working to achieve a more gender equal world. The conference will present new insights, facts and information on several issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.