A young boy—we’ll call him Mani—was living on the streets of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He had no one to look after him, nowhere to go. He was just nine years old.
Mani’s situation is not unique. One quarter of all Congolese youth under age 18 are considered to be orphans and/or vulnerable children, according to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey. And nine out of ten don’t receive adequate financial, emotional, or other types of support. Read more »
These student interns at ISTM Kinshasa Central Hospital, DRC, take a break to pose for CapacityPlus consultant Gilbert Belade—local coordinator for our preservice education costing studies with the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI)—and Sophie Faye of Abt Associates. On a recent trip to Kinshasa, Sophie and Gilbert collected financial information at two nursing and midwifery schools and their associated clinical practice facilities. Read more »
Dozens of young people participated in the 67th World Health Assembly last month in Geneva, including young people from HIV-positive communities, sexual minority communities, and health professional students and recent graduates.
Throughout the meeting, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partner leaders championed the cause of involving young people in local, national, and global health agendas. Panels on universal health coverage, HIV/AIDS, and health systems included youth speakers. The young people added energy, vibrancy, and new ideas to the meetings.
Yet beneath the enthusiasm lay some discontent. Read more »