Health in the SDGs
Young Leaders for Health
August 17 - 20
Are you interested in exploring interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges, politics and diplomacy?
At the Young Leaders for Health Conference 2017 you will have the chance to contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) with a special focus on good health and well-being for all. The conference combines a comprehensive workshop and lecture programme with a simulation of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the major decision-making body of the World Health Organisation. In order to put an emphasis on the need for innovation this year’s edition will hold a design thinking lab so as to give participants the opportunity to develop concrete solutions to real world global health challenges.
From 17th to 20th August 2017 Berlin will become the hotspot for aspiring and future global health scientists, politicians and entrepreneurs.
Are you one of them?
The Simulation: Model World Health Assembly
The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the supreme decision-making body of the WHO (World Health Organisation). Delegations from all 194 Member States meet once a year in Geneva to determine the policies of the organisation. In the simulation process you will assume the role of either a member state delegate, media representative or non-governmental organisation. You will understand the obstacles of global decision-making and learn how to overcome them.
The Workshops: learn from and get in touch with global health experts
The workshop and lecture programme will enable you to gain a deep understanding of the challenge of good health and well-being for all. You will get an insight into the numerous subtopics relating to the SDGs and will be able to test your knowledge whilst discussing your own views on the matter with peers and global health experts alike. These interactive workshops will give participants the chance to find and work on practical solutions to the most pressing health issues worldwide.
The Design-Thinking-Lab: master rapid innovation
Design Thinking has become one of the leading methodologies to problem-solving and finding new approaches worldwide. As a human-centered, prototype-driven process for innovation it can be applied to product, service, and business design.
Become a Design-Thinker and come up with a solution to a major global health challenge.
Health in the SDGs
The transition from MDGs to SDGs represents major shifts in the mindset of global development. Whereas the MDG Agenda was basic needs driven, the Agenda 2030 takes a holistic approach. With the aim of being universal, integrated and inclusive, the agenda encompasses a global vision of progress, the activation of synergies among various sectors and addresses the problem of increasing inequity and social division. Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) is a precondition for, and an outcome of sustainable development.
The identified approach to realise SDG 3 is rooted in the overarching health goal of Universal Health Coverage and the understanding that the interdependencies of development can only be addressed in a successful manner when additionally focusing on cross-cutting issues relevant to all SDG’s.
Focus of the YLH Conference 2017
Instrument of change: Universal Health Coverage
Cross-cutting issues and enabling factors:
Equity and human rights
Monitoring and evaluation
While these objectives provide an overall guidance, the specific actions to be taken and political decisions to be made remain unknown.
However, the world needs a prescription to sustainable development now.
Are you up for the challenge?
At the YLH Conference 2017 you will explore new approaches during the workshops, ideate innovations as a Design-Thinker and negotiate political solutions as a delegate at the WHA.
World Health Assembly Simulation
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. The World Health Assembly (WHA) is its legislative and supreme decision-making body. Based in Geneva, it meets yearly in May. It appoints the Director-General every five years, and votes on matters of policy and finance of WHO.
At the Young Leaders for Health Conference 2017 every participant will be part of a simulation of a meeting of the WHA. You will come prepared to slip into the clothes of a representative from a certain country, NGO or media. You will debate, discuss, and write motions to be passed by the WHA. In order to keep the debate running smoothly and learn about global diplomacy the WHA will be conducted according to correct UN procedure.
With the WHA Simulation we want you to participate actively in the field of Global Health. While representing a country, you will be able to get an impression of the different countries’ preferences concerning global health as well as the negotiations going on between them. Moreover, you will get the chance to shape the future of global health, to set new goals and to get an extensive insight into financial policies and the creation of a budget.
The Young Leaders for Health Conference 2017 is political. In pursuing their roles, participants will engage in conflicting discussions, be involved in back-room dealing, coerce and compromise.
The goal of the simulation is to give participants the chance to learn about global health policy. Delegates will develop their leadership and organizational skills. They will be exposed to the politics that shape global decision-making gain perspective on the views, interests and challenges other countries face.
The topic to be discussed during the simulation will be around the conference theme ‘Health in the SDGs’. The exact specification of the debate is currently developed by the OC and will follow soon.
For more information on the WHO governing bodies click here.
Writing a Resolution
Similar to the United Nations Assembly, the outcome of the simulation should be a resolution on the discussed topic. This resolution is important in the sense that it highlights and summarizes the results, which we have concluded with. Furthermore, we will then present our resolution to major global players, such as the World Health Organization and the World Health Summit.
Resolutions represent the common decisions or declarations of the different bodies of the United Nations. They are the result of debates among countries and are part of international law. In order to pass a resolution it must be supported by several countries and subsequently receive a majority vote in the WHA.
Legally decisions can vary from simple resolutions to conventions, regulations or even treaties. They can contain general statements or rather specified legislation. Well-written resolutions demonstrate expertise with the topic at hand and the previous decisions taken in this regard by the WHA and other international bodies. Furthermore they should be clear in argumentation, concise well formatted.
Preparing for the Simulation
As a delegate to the WHA you have a lot to know. You need to be familiar with the rules of procedure, ‘Health in the SDGs’ and your country context. In order to do so you will be provided with comprehensive guidance material regarding the formalities of the simulation procedure and content about the conference theme. As we are not able to prepare information about every country context you will be tasked to investigate this autonomously, but you can always approach us in case you need assistance. Additionally Ministries of Health have to start the preparation for the Health Assembly early on and have to engage with other countries to negotiate possible resolutions beforehand. To simulate this process we will facilitate the set up of drafting groups and possible alliances with other country delegates beforehand. The estimated workload for the preparation is 40 hours.
Delegates do not have to and will not always be able to represent their own countries of origin or residence during the simulation. Once you apply for the conference you will indicate your preferences and we will try to allocate accordingly.
Mode of Participation
There will be three different ways of participation during the simulation. You may choose with your application:
A diplomat representing the government. Your goal is to pursue your country’s (or better said government’s) interests. You will present n opening statement in the pleanry, write resolution drafts in self-organized drafting groups, debate in the assembly and push for the policy your country needs.
NGO’s have observer status. Representatives are allowed to speak when inviteted to do so by the dais, but not to vote during the formal debate. You will be writing policy briefs, initiate twitter campaigns and advocate for the positions of your organization in order to influence countries and drafting groups to include your proposals into resolutions.
As an independent journalist you have the freedom to have opinions. You can neither speak nor vote during the formal debate and have to uncover scandals and write stories in order to influence the decisions. You will conduct interview, write articles and be the overarching judge of whether the assembly will change something for the better.
The Design Thinking Lab
The Design Thinking Lab will give you the chance to ideate new global health solutions. Being presented with a real world challenge you will be grouped with three other participants and conduct rapid innovation.
Design Thinking is a methodology that has proven very successful for generating social and business solutions alike. Its two main features are rapid innovation and human-centered design.
Human-centered design is rooted in the believe, that all problems are solvable if the people who face those problems every day serve as the key to finding the answer. This means that designers have to look at the challenge from these peoples’ point of you view and design for these people instead of holding abstract notions.
Design Thinking is a rapid innovation method because it forces designers to rapidly move through the design phases, prototype their ideas, ‘test’ them and re-innovate and if necessary iterate instead of remaining for a long time in each design phase.
At the Young Leaders for Health Conference 2017 participants will get the chance to learn this solution finding method and directly apply it to a real world global health challenge. Moderators and trainers will guide you through the process, but you must make the innovations.
Participation in the Design Thinking Lab
Participation in the Design Thinking Lab is limited. You may indicate your wish to do so with the application. As even rapid innovation demands some time to ideate participants in the Lab will not be able to attend other workshops, but will still attend the key note lectures and the WHA simulation.
Preparing for the Design Thinking Lab
It will be useful to familiarise yourself with the process in advance of the conference but Design Thinking is something that must be learned hands on and accordingly there is not much preparation needed.
The exact challenge is still being developed by the OC and specifications will follow soon.
Workshops and Lectures
Workshop and Lecture Programme
There will be four keynote lectures and around 15 - 20 different workshops during conference. Each participant will have the chance to attend the key note lectures and participants not part of the Design Thinking Lab may choose three of the possible workshops.
The keynote lectures will provide general information from leading global health experts about the conference theme. The workshops are conducted in an interactive manner and give the chance to really engage with the speakers and other participants.
The lecture and workshop program will focus on the following topics:
As identified during the MDG era placing health in all sectors of policy-making is crucial in order to achieve sustainable development and the Agenda 2030 presents a major opportunity to do so. The responsibility for health extends well beyond the health sector and combining the strengths of multiple stakeholders will be a key catalyst throughout all SDGs. But integrated policy-making and implementation requires major coordination efforts, capacity building and governance reforms. How to address this will be a main aspect of the workshop and lecture program.
Universal Health Coverage
The MDGs focused on programs tailored to specific health conditions. The benefits of whole health systems were mainly neglected. Whereas the emphasis on UHC is not an alternative to the disease control programs of the previous era the shift to a systems approach poses new challenges that request attention. Providing full access to and coverage of health services with financial risk protection is the overarching Goal of SDG 3. Additionally the need for integration among the different components of Goal 3 is as important as intersectoral action across all the Sustainable Development Goals. The question on what bottlenecks in regards to achieving UHC exist and how to overcome them will lie and the heart of the conference.
Respect for equity and human rights
Apart from being inefficient at the population level, inequity denies the principle of health for all. Not having received the necessary attention during the MDG era equity is an enabling factor and an objective in its own right. With equity directly referring to the SDG theme “leaving no one behind” ways have to be found to translate the discourse into action. In regards to the fact that perceptions of injustice are the main driver of state fragility equity and human rights could play a key role for human security. In order to not focus on a rights based discourse but actually move ahead the program will focus on how to deliver equitably.
With financing playing a key role in delivering UHC, the need for attracting additional sources of funding to achieve the Agenda 2030 and the instability of the global financial system finding solutions in regards to this topic could yield far reaching results. The current resource dependency of a majority of Low- and Middle-Income-Countries leads to highly fluctuating national budgets. Publicly funded health systems that capture 10%-15% of national budgets can not function under such circumstances and alternatives are needed.
As shown by the organization of the 24h Social Entrepreneurship in April 2017 and the decision to entertain a Design Thinking Lab at the Young Leaders for Health Conference 2017 YLH puts a strong emphasis on innovation. With young minds being a major force to forge new solutions the workshop and lecture program aims to include innovative approaches as much as possible. In global health these range from policy innovations to IT and entail far more than merely medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tools.
Measure what you treasure. The MDG era has shown the potential of strong evaluation tools to deliver health outcomes. The SDGs are set out to build on this achievement but the huge scope of the Agenda and the aim of accounting for the numerous inter-dependencies make this an endeavor of a whole different nature. The political discussion underlying the issue and the ICT innovations such as Big Data and open source shaping it will be covered throughout the workshop and lecture program.
As the OC is still in the process of acquiring speakers further information on what specific workshops and lectures will be held during the conference will follow soon.
Why and when was YLH founded?
Our goal is to create a network of people from different backgrounds able to discuss and tackle current health issues. Moreover, we want young people to debate about ways of achieving a sustainable, equitable and healthy development across the world.
Young Leaders for Health was founded in 2015.
Do I have to study medicine/ have medical knowledge to participate in the conference?
Medical knowledge is absolutely not a requirement. Being an interdisciplinary team, we welcome all different fields of expertise to apply for the conference. Nonetheless, it will be useful to read through the material and links provided in order to be able to actively participate in discussions and gain basic knowledge about the subject of the conference. Being interested in the discussed topic is the most important aspect.
How much is the participation fee?
Will there be a refund of the participation fee if I cannot make it to the conference?
You will get a 50% refund if you cancel by July 16th 2017.
Is travel support and housing included in the participation fee?
Unfortunately it is not; we can neither provide travel support nor housing. We will however help you to find good and cheap housing opportunities.
Are there application fees?
There are no application fees, you are only requested to transfer the attendance fee of 75 € once your participation has been confirmed.
Will I get visa support?
You will receive a letter of invitation.
What is to be expected of this year's YLH Conference?
A very inspiring experience with other motivated students and professionals from across the globe besides a thorough introduction to Health in the SDGs. Moreover, presentations and workshops will be held by speakers who are experts in their line of work; you will also get the chance to personally meet them as well as getting the chance to get in touch with young professionals involved in different Global Health agencies. In addition, you will receive a certificate of participation at the Young Leaders for Health Conference 2017.
When will I know if I am accepted?
We will inform you whether you will be accepted or not by June 1st 2017. But if you require a visa we will try to inform you in advance.
When is the application deadline?
Your application has to be submitted by May 31st 2017.
Where will the YLH Conference take place?
The YLH-Conference will take place from 17.08.2017 to 20.08.2017 at the Forum III at the Campus Virchow Klinikum, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin.
Protus Musotsi Yabunga
Francisca Nana Amoah
Sociology and Gender Studies
Protus Musotsi Yabunga
Protus is a graduate from Moi University school of Public Health with a degree in Environmental Health and is a research assistant. He is the founder of Moi University one health Students Club and is also the founder of Youth for servant leadership-Kenya and Youth for Sustainable environment Initiatives. He is currently serving as the communications officer of Mazingira Bora Initiative, a Kenyan based environmental conservation group. He is passionate about leadership and one health with keen interest in global health issues.
Valerie is a student of International Relations at the Technical University of Dresden. She is fascinated about health-related topics and is an advocate of Global Health as a subject of International Politics. She is fervent about the social and political determinants of Health as well as the International Economy of assuring sustainable health systems on an international scale, with an interest in global inequity, Health Diplomacy, Humanitarian Law and Mental Health. She is an experienced “MUNer” and has been part of YLH since 2015, where she represented South Africa in the first WHA-simulation of YLH.
Yousuf is a medical student at University of Baghdad, Iraq. He has been involved in volunteering activities in the field of health, mostly with IFMSA-Iraq where he was the Secretary General in 2016. He is the founder and a trainer in the first debate club in Iraq, a platform for peaceful dialogue. He has been a member of YLH since 2016 where he hopes to develop himself in the field of public health and tackle the challenges the world is faced with.
Bertina’s passion for the social determinants of health led her to work as a research assistant at the Public Health Department in Copenhagen, subsequently leading her to pursue a master degree in International public health. She is currently collaborating with the WHO in Copenhagen in developing the first Knowledge Hub focused on Health and Migration, which will involve creating a knowledge library, organize summer schools and webinars for mainly academics and policy makers. She strongly believes that YLH serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas by young and curious minds, the cross-sectorial approach Public Health needs.
Jessica is a young professional in Business Diplomacy and has worked as Project coordinator in the French Ministry of Health where she has gathered 4 years of experience. She wants to be part of a community that will empower the young to raise our voice as young, future consumers and generation, as well as address our message to key stakeholders on one of the main issue: health.
Andreea is a pharmacist, and has worked as a Junior Pharmacovigilance Specialist, ensuring the safety of drugs. Volunteering, to her is a way of life and she likes to put her energy and skills into different projects. In the last 4 years, she has been involved in an NGO for pharmacy students from Romania fighting for change and development. She recently became one of EPSA`s soft skills trainers, delivering trainings on different topics for personal development. She wants to learn more about global health and believes being a part of YLH will accord her that opportunity.
Csilla is a young professional working for a member of the European Parliament. She works on a Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. She is deeply involved in the work of several delegations related to foreign affairs as well, all of which have heightened her interest in global health. She is also very concerned about the quality of health care systems in our countries and is confident about the role of young people in this process, and this motivated her to join YLH.
Jacqueline is a population and health management professional and works as the Membership & Welfare Executive for Go Girl Africa. Her education background is in Demography and Public health- Health Management stream. She delights in mentoring and championing women and girls’ rights and is passionate about youth economic empowerment and works with Rotary Vijana Poa as a master trainer. She is a family planning and reproductive health champion and has participated in a mentoring program with Leadership Management & Governance project (USAID) under East Africa Women’s Mentoring Network.
Julius is a medical doctor who graduated from the Charité Berlin in 2016. Through additionally studying economics and working as an intern at the Heal Africa Hospital in the crisis region of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo he got involved in global health. Since 2013 he is a member of the Young German Council on Foreign Relations and in January 2017 he started working with the German Development Cooperation. His aim in joining the OC is to tackle the challenges of a globalised world.
To him it is to considerable extent a question on how to overcome tragedies of the commons, Global health is a topic adressing the numerous interdepencies of social life. Especially with its interdisciplinary and comprehensive take it seems best suitable to meet the requirements of the twenty-first century.
Francisca Nana Amoah
Francisca is a young scientist pursuing a master's degree in Cell Biology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany. She was involved in organizing health and educational outreaches to deprived communities during her undergraduate study in Ghana. She is a member of YLH since 2016 and represented the United Kingdom in the second WHA-simulation of YLH in Berlin 2016. She has an interest in global health and hopes to be part of a community of people who have the sole aim of finding solutions to issues of global concern.
Reina is a public health professional from Lebanon, currently doing her Master’s in International Health in Berlin.
After finishing her studies in Medical Laboratory Sciences, she developed interest in finance and economics and subsequently pursued a Master’s degree in Business Administration. As such, she combined her healthcare background and her managerial skills and worked at a hospital in Lebanon, where she assisted in managing the laboratory, from allocating budgets and performing costing analyses, to handling outsourcing contracts, ensuring quality assurance, compliance and financial matters.
Reina believes that YLH offers the opportunity to contribute and lead change, while sharing experiences with global health enthusiasts.
Within the OC she is mainly involved in the coordination of the social program and logistics.
Franck is a 6th year medical student at the University of Burundi. He is passionate with Global Health especially NCDs, sexual and reproductive as well as research. He is involved in many youth organizations dealing with pushing the agenda of health and young people issues.He is currently the President of Association Burundaise des Etudiants en Médecine(ABEM), national member organization of IFMSA. His passions and interests combine also innovation in health, social entrepreneurship, digital health and blogging.
In 2016, Co-founder of http://www.ndakira.net, a website devoted for informing and educating the community with a correct, clear and updated information about their health as well as helping patients with chronic diseases to live a healthy life. Ndakira is also providing a platform of information and knowledge sharing between health care professionals. He is also contributor of the Burundi national collective of bloggers, i have written many articles at
As team member of YLH, he expect to get more experience and contribute in making better and healthier world.
Yousif is a medical doctor graduated from Al Nahrain university in Baghdad having two years of experience in clinical practice. He has huge interest in public health that’s why he has been involved in many epidemiological studies and volunteer work with IFMSA to provide medical support for refugees in Iraq. He is also working as a product manager in German brand pharmaceutical company called Merck. In addition to that he works on raising people awareness about serious diseases with collaboration of several local NGOs.
He joined YLH because he strongly believes in the role of young people to make the positive impact in health sector worldwide.
Victoria (Tori) Saint
Victoria (Tori) Saint is an Australian global and public health consultant, researcher and educator specialising in health equity and the social determinants of health. She is a consultant with the Social Determinants of Health Unit, in the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization headquarters, where she also served as a Technical Officer from 2013 to 2015. She is also the Course Coordinator for the Community and Public Health course at CIEE Global Institute - Berlin.
Victoria earned her Master of Science in International Health from Uppsala University in 2009 and has Bachelors of Health Science and Social Science from the University of Adelaide (2007). Prior to working at WHO, she was the Research Development Manager for the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University in Australia and has also worked in technical and research capacities in Germany, Sweden and India. She currently resides in Berlin, Germany.
Jessi McNeill is a student studying Sociology and Anthropology, as well as Gender Studies, at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. At Salve she is the treasurer of the Southern Poverty and Law Center club, which seeks to raise awareness of social issues and inequalities. She was also the secretary and communications committee member for TEDxSalveReginaU, Salve Regina’s first Tedx lecture. She is currently completing an internship with Young Leaders for Health, assisting with the planning of the YLH Conference on Health in the SDGs. After graduation she plans to continue her study of health through the lens of anthropology.