In the future we want, youth receive proper information about health issues and have universal access to healthcare. Today marginalized groups of young people have lower access to health services. We know of many cases of adolescent pregnancy in the region and frequent use of abortion. It is critical that governments and non-governmental services address health issues affecting youth, so that they can live up to their full potential. Health, a right and value in itself, is also a precondition for economic prosperity. We call on our leaders and our fellow youth to:
- Provide universal access for young people to quality and youth friendly healthcare, including exemption from costs for those living beneath the deprivation index;
- Implement public policies that ensure a healthy lunch for every student in school;
- Offer youth with addiction problems access to psycho-social services to help them reintegrate into society;
- Include health education that builds young people’s knowledge and life skills on key health issues in formal school curricula;
- Invest in non-formal, peer-to peer education on health issues for youth.