Youth Championing Sustainable Impact and Addressing Key Social Determinants of Health
Youth Health Africa (YHA) is a youth-focused organisation addressing key social determinants of health and Youth Unemployment through various integrated and innovativeinterventions. YHA's flagship program is a one-year Skills Development Program, integrated with HIV Testing Campaigns, Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Prevention Programmes, Youth Testing Teams, Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) Support and Digital Media Campaigns.
Through focusing on the two-abovementioned issues, we develop masses of African youth to become Employable, Empowered and Healthy. YHA operates across South Africa with a national footprint and currently has impacted over 2300 youth while actively transforming their communities. Ultimately, YHA aims to work across the African continent empowering and leveraging Africa's current and further anticipated youth boom.
EMPOWERING UNEMPLOYED YOUTH TO COMBAT PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
Building soft, hard and technical skills with theoretical learning
Coupled with the Youth Work Experience is a rigorous lifeskills development program aimed to provide holistic development for programmatic youth. This program consists of work-readiness training, monthly development day sessions and technical role-specific training.
Making healthcare services accessible to key and vulnerable populations
Youth Health Africa works to create demand for health services. This includes demand creation for HIV Testing Services, TB screening, Sexual and Reproductive Health Screening and demand for COVID-19 vaccines. Demand creation programs are coupled with community mobilisation and information sessions.
Program youth are best placed to reach communities where members may be candidates for research studies and for community input
Youth Health Africa has been involved in data collection for study surveys on the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls living with HIV. Youth have been deployed to support the initiation of child TB patients in TB treatment. Youth have also been deployed to implement research recommendations in a ward-based approach to increase vaccine literacy.