One Young World Scholars
Young people bring energy, passion, innovation and new insights to the many health challenges that we face. We are delighted to enable some of the brightest rising stars to attend the annual One Young World Summit as YHP scholars.
They are social entrepreneurs, educators, activists, volunteers, health professionals, executives, investors, mentors and much more working in areas as diverse as mental health, primary healthcare, sexual and reproductive health, emergency response, primary and secondary prevention, education and digital platforms.
Our scholars come from all over the world and at the Summit they will join more than 1,000 other talented and motivated young people in their quest to make the world a better place. They also hear and are heard by One Young World Counsellors. In the past, these Counsellors have included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Emma Watson, Professor Muhammad Yunus, and Arianna Huffington.
We hope that this will help them to realise their dreams and become even more effective at achieving positive change.
You can meet some of our scholars below. The opinions that they share are their own and should not be taken to represent those of the Young Health Programme or any other organisation.
YHP One Young Scholars 2020/21
Aditi Sivakumar (Canada)
Medical Student, Dalhousie University Medical School
Gender-based violence affects one in three women across the globe and takes the life of one woman every six days in Canada. As the founder of "My Empowerment Packs," Aditi provides wellness kits for youth facing homelessness and women facing violence. Each wellness kit contains sexual and reproductive health products and a comprehensive resource booklet including information on mental health and pregnancy support. During the pandemic, she created a web application called the “My Empowerment Platform”, which provides education and resources for women and children facing violence in Canada . She also founded “Everyday Essential Express”, a Contactless Delivery Service for Domestic Violence Shelters in the Ottawa-region.
Aleena Khan (United Kingdom)
Programme Specialist, Plan International UK
Long-term conditions such as cancers, diabetes, respiratory and heart diseases, and mental ill health are globally on the rise; but action on prevention is limited. Aleena works as a Programme Specialist at Plan International UK to support the development and implementation of the YHP in Thailand and Vietnam. Her work focuses on empowering young people to make healthy life choices by building their knowledge and skills on NCD prevention, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and emotional wellbeing. The programme also creates an enabling environment for them to take informed decisions about their own health.
Andrew Mukose (Uganda)
Founder Gifted Hands Network
In Uganda there are more than 2.3 million blind people, almost all of them unemployed. There are also 50,000 women with breast cancer but only two mammography units – both located in the capital Kampala. Mukose set up the Gifted Hands Network to address both challenges by employing visually impaired women to become certified medical tactile examiners and earn a sustainable income, this enabled much greater and quicker diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Over its first four years the Breast Cancer Free Uganda campaigns have reached over 1,000,000 women across all regions of the country.
Gifted Hands Network
Bruno Helman (Brazil)
Founder Running for Diabetes
Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic condition such as diabetes is distressing, often resulting in feelings of loneliness and social exclusion. Staying motivated plays a pivotal role in helping the sufferer to take action. Bruno started Running for Diabetes to encourage other people living with diabetes to take up regular physical activity as a tool to promote their health and social inclusion. It has already impacted five countries and over twenty cities around the world and advocates at national and international level to promote meaningful engagement of youth and people living with NCDs in the decision-making processes that impact their lives.
Running for Diabetes
Christabel Ngwashi Apholung
Christabel Ngwashi Apholung (Cameroon)
Founder MoreThanJustAnMD Initiative
In Cameroon health service capacity is limited and so almost all healthcare is reactive or disease responsive, with only a limited public understanding of the underlying issues and how behaviours can affect medical outcomes. Ngwashi, already a medical doctor, set out to remedy this by setting up MT-JAM Health using social media, radio, and television to debunk health myths, provide wellness and nutrition information and advice on safety measures. She is also piloting the Fight Against Substance Abuse Project (FASAP) to educate students aged 13-20 about healthy lifestyles with a focus on reducing substance abuse.
Emmanuel Egbroko (Nigeria)
Executive Director Inocul8
In Nigeria, cervical cancer is the second leading female cancer - with over 50 million Nigerian women between the ages of 15 to 49 years at risk and an estimated 14,000 dying each year. 24 million Nigerians are infected with hepatitis B. Young people face challenges accessing vaccination services against these diseases such as lack of awareness, cost, busy work schedules, and long waiting times. Inocul8 (www.inocul8.com.ng) partners with community pharmacies to establish vaccination hubs/walk-in clinics, provides a mobile on-demand screening and vaccination service and offers free screening and subsidised vaccination services for the poor and underserved through the CBPI Foundation.
Guillermo Herrera Arcos
Guillermo Herrera-Arcos (Mexico)
Co-founder/CSO at Prothesia
People with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, stroke, and many other conditions often have no access to affordable rehabilitation devices that would enable them to live far fuller lives. As a young researcher, Guillermo helped develop a robotic exoskeleton to assist a paraplegic young man in walking again. With Prothesia he is working on a digital platform to manufacture tailored devices digitally much faster, more cheaply and with fewer errors than traditional artisanal techniques. It has already helped dozens of children. For his research he is working on novel neural interfaces to enable users to control paralysed muscles in a natural way.
Hilda Tonge Ekwoge
Hilda Tonge Ekwoge (Cameroon)
Substance abuse is a growing problem in Cameroon and Hilda promotes medication safety and provides assistance to those with substance use disorders through her non-profit HILPharma. The organisation educates its audience of about 10,000 via regular online posts and outreach and the HILPharma-designed ‘Youth Against Drug Abuse’ (YADA) curriculum provides on-site training to secondary school students to equip them with life-skills necessary to resist the pressures of substance use.
Hilda also serves as hospital pharmacist with Cameroon’s Ministry of Health and is currently working on setting up outpatient clinics to assist persons who want to quit smoking and drinking.
Jackline Anyango (Kenya)
Peer Educator, Young Health Programme, Plan International Kenya
As a young woman growing up in Kibera, Jackline faced many challenges such as a persistent lack of education, sexual violence, child marriage, violent crimes, alcohol and drugs, and poverty. Jackline has had to navigate these challenges herself and has spent most of her adult life helping girls and young women to gain confidence in themselves and never give up until they realize their full potential. Jackline has been creating safe spaces in Kibera where girls and young women can speak freely, share information and support one another.
In 2016, Jackline’s Jackline joined the YHP as a Peer Educator and is a lead Peer Educator in her community and enjoys working with her peers and community to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Joanne Moral del Joloy
Joanne Joloy Del Moral (Mexico)
Founder Ya Respondiste A.C
Joanne, a medical doctor, noted that patients often present with a physical disease and some change in mental health; and so reasoned that by addressing mental, physical and nutritional health together it should be possible to develop balanced wellbeing.
Ya Respondiste (I Responded) was her answer. It focuses on population education on neglected health-related issues through strategic alliances between organisations, companies and schools. Initiatives have included Comedor Rodante (The Rolling Dining Room) providing balanced meals for patients’ family members in public hospitals, and Prevención a través del Juego (Prevention and Treatment Through Games), where children and young people learn about public health issues through play.
Jordan Abdi (United Kingdom)
Strategy and Business Development Lead Holmusk
Healthcare systems focus on disease treatment rather than working with healthy people to maintain their wellbeing. Jordan’s ambition is to empower young healthy people to take control of their health for the betterment of themselves and society at large. He is a medical doctor with an academic background in medicine and neuroscience, a Schwarzman Scholar and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper dedicated to delivering meaningful change that empowers others. In the past five years Jordan has founded and managed two businesses in healthcare and education and currently serves as Strategy and Business Development Lead at Holmusk working to drive smarter healthcare.
Juliana Busasi (Tanzania)
Founder Tanzania Health and Medical Education Foundation
Access to healthcare services is a major challenge in Tanzania with those in underserved communities facing lower life expectancy, higher maternal and child mortality and increased risk of contracting communicable diseases. Juliana founded TAHMEF to improve youth health by delivering health education seminars and outreach programmes in underserved areas; mobilising free health screenings; and promoting community health insurance to improve access to quality essential healthcare services and to safe, effective and affordable essential medicines and vaccines.
Lucy Hawkes (United Kingdom)
Corporate Partnerships Executive, Plan International UK
The specific needs of young people, especially during the current time of profound change, are frequently not being met or even recognised. This disadvantage can be compounded by factors such as gender, race, sexuality, socio-economic background and disability.
Lucy manages the partnership between AstraZeneca and Plan International to deliver the Young Health Programme UK; which aims to support young people to realise their right to good health and wellbeing. Plan International believes that young people themselves have the answers and that they should be empowered to design solutions that work for them.
Mazbahul Islam (Bangladesh)
In Bangladesh 105 million people live in rural areas but there are only 1200 ambulances to serve them, most of these don’t work properly and only 7% have paramedics on board. Mazbahul and his team have designed tricycle ambulances that cost one tenth as much as conventional ambulances and are more manoeuvrable. Safewheel also trains local youth to be ambulance drivers and paramedics and this affordable and sustainable mini-ambulance system delivers doorstep medical care and takes community members to hospital. Mazbahul is working to change the economic structure of rural Bangladesh and create a world of three zeros: zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero carbon emissions.
Peter Maina (Kenya)
Peer Educator, Young Health Programme, Plan International Kenya
As a young man living with disabilities in Kibera, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, Peter has to grapple with discrimination and the limitations caused by his condition. His ambition is to create a society where no-one’s potential is limited by where they come from. He encourages young people in Kibera, especially those living with disabilities, to be resilient, work hard and achieve their dreams.
Peter joined the YHP in 2016 as a Peer Educator and visits schools and community spaces using his talent for comedy and art to inform young people and the wider community about NCD risk factors such as tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, physical activity and air pollution.
Robinson Obunga (Kenya)
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Young Health Programme, Plan International Kenya
Many young people grow up in environments that make it very difficult to adopt healthy lifestyles or to access quality healthcare. The situation is worse for those living in low- and middle-income countries, like Kenya.
Robinson is passionate about young people’s health and well-being and joined the YHP in 2018, working with young people, parents, teachers, community leaders and health professionals in the informal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. As a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Robinson is keen to promote accountability and to ensure that young people receive accurate information on NCD prevention to make informed choices about their health and well-being.
Roy Dahildahil (Philippines)
In the Philippines young people, and Filipinos in general, have difficulty communicating their feelings or what’s bothering them and seeking help. There are barriers in self, society, and systems and , however digital technology penetration in the Philippines is high at 70% so Roy and #MentalHealthPH use social media and other digital technologies to improve access to information especially on how and where to seek help for mental health concerns; showcase what can be done; and advocate for system change. Its work now extends offline with established chapters in two big cities which create their own campaigns tailored to their own needs.
Sylivia Kyomuhendo (Uganda)
Founder and Director Infants' Health Foundation
Accessing a health facility can be a nightmare in rural Uganda due to ignorance and the difficulty and expense of transportation over long distances - this has a major impact on healthcare especially for women. Whilst prenatal and postnatal services are available free at government health clinics few rural women can access them. Sylivia’s Infants Health Foundation uses microfinanced motorcycle ambulances to bring midwives and other health workers to Uganda’s hardest to reach villages on a monthly basis, providing access to a host of services from checkups and vaccinations to information and counselling.
Infants' Health Foundation:
Towett Ngetich (Kenya)
CEO, Uthabiti Health
The Ministry of Health in Kenya reports that up to 20% of drugs are counterfeit, and up to half of the retail outlets that provide health products in crowded spaces are unregistered and could be conduits of products such as fake condoms, fake contraceptives, fake abortion pills and even fake antiretrovirals. Towett’s approach has been to set up a network of certified retail points in Nairobi; to develop an independent testing laboratory that reports fake products to the MOH and labels compliant products using blockchain IDs; and building consumer understanding of the issue and how they can protect themselves.
Tuan Son Ngo
Tuan Son Ngo (Vietnam)
Chairman of Union of Students, National Economics University
Discussions about health are often focused on the adult population rather than young people. Tuan is a student at the National Economics University in Vietnam and Chairman of the Union of Students there, and works to promote healthy student lifestyles
In 2019 Tuan joined the Young Health Programme (YHP) in Vietnam as a Peer Educator sharing information about non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention with his peers. He believes that healthy young people will make healthy adults, who can then work together to make the world a better place.
YHP One Young World Scholars 2019
Ahmed Naguib (Egypt)
Junior Consultant, World Health Organization (WHO) - Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO)
Alejandro Daly (Venezuela/Colombia)
National Coordinator, El Derecho a No Obedecer
Andrea Jaimes (Venezuela)
Founder/Head Dietitian/Coordinator NutriFamilias Programme, Fundacion Amigos del Niño que Amerita Proteccion (FUNDANA)
Bagja Nugraha (Indonesia)
Project Officer YHP Indonesia/Lentera Anak Foundation
Citra Demi Karina (Indonesia)
Project Coordinator YHP Indonesia/Lentera Anak Foundation
David Henry (St Lucia)
Senior Youth Coordinator, Sacred Sports Foundation Inc
David Ochiel Ocheng (Kenya)
Peer Educator, Plan International Kenya
Edith Soria (Mexico)
Co-Founder/Community Relations Coordinator, Create Purpose Mexico AC
Ferdy Mbiydzenyuy (Cameroon)
Programme Manager, CBC Health Services NCD Prevention and Control
Joseph Dusabe (Rwanda)
Chief Executive Officer, itetero iwacu
Kalaumari Mayoral Peña (Mexico)
PhD student, Tecnologico de Monterrey
Kamal-deen Kassim (Nigeria)
Lead, Engineering and Field Operations, Project Gaia Inc (Nigeria)
Katrina McIntosh (Trinidad and Tobago)
Children’s Services Assistant, Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Laura-Maria Tiidla (Estonia/Denmark)
Project Coordinator, International Sport and Culture Association (Denmark)
Mary Mogana (Kenya)
Peer Educator, Plan International Kenya
Mbulelo Mochochoko (Lesotho)
Programmes Manager Kick4Life
YHP Project Assistant, Plan International Indonesia
Sakina Abdul (Kenya)
Peer Educator, Plan International Kenya
Samuel Ogunsola (Nigeria)
Founder Food and Genes Initiative
Siddhaarth Sudhakaran (India)
Co-founder/Treasurer of Lonepack
Stephen Ogweno (Kenya)
Surbhi Shrivastava (India)
Public Health Researcher, CEHAT
Victor Ugo (Nigeria)
Founder/President of Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI)
Vinicius Rego (Brazil)
Founder Meu Amigo Medico
One Young World Scholars 2018
Courtney Sunna (United States)
VP at Allergy Standards
Denise Fragoso (Brazil)
Plan International Brazil
Devika Arya (India)
Frank Nziza (Burundi)
CEO and co-founder of Ndakira Group
Gajarishiyan Rasalingam (Sri Lanka)
Hamdi Issa (UK)
Hauwa Ojeifo (Nigeria)
Founder & Executive Director, She Writes Woman
Ibrahim Hassan (Kenya)
Plan International Volunteer
James Chege (Kenya)
Marketing Director- Usalama Technology Limited
Jose Manuel Besares Lopez (Mexico)
International Health Consultant & Co-Founder of BIDESIDA UANL
Lucas Rosatelli (Brazil)
Margianta Surahman Juhanda Dinata (Indonesia)
Co-Initiator and Spokesperson of Youth Movement for FCTC
Quinn Underwood (Canada)
Safeena Bano (India)
Young Health Programme
Siti Syifaún Nufus Zainuddin (Indonesia)
Project Coordinator Young Health Project
Sohil (United States)
Swarnima Bhattacharya (India)
Founder, TheaCare: Women's Health Companion
Vindhya Vatsyayan (India)