Currently, young people comprise approximately 30% of the population in developing countries making it imperative that we as a global society invest in youth as partners and leaders in the development agenda. MSH believes in supporting young people’s leadership potential, capacities, and abilities to influence peers, communities, and future generations to live healthy lives and contribute to improved community well-being. MSH programs target youth directly through leadership training and increasing access to health services, and indirectly through health systems strengthening and capacity building.
MSH is paying special attention to addressing health issues that disproportionately affect young people including HIV & AIDS, family planning, malaria and tuberculosis. MSH realizes the positive impact that occurs when youth reach out to youth especially in the area of HIV & AIDS and other sensitive health matters. Capitalizing on this benefit, MSH is actively engaging youth through the following means:
- Empowering youth to create changes in policy and practices that are barriers to accessing health care;
- Increasing young people’s awareness of their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR);
- Building youth skills in leadership, management, and governance;
- Training “peer educators” who function as community advocates; and
- Establishing partnerships with other organizations including the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).