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INTRODUCTION

The Public Health Youth Symposium (PHYS) is an avenue for public health practitioners and professionals to communicate connect and collaborate on pertinent public health needs and challenges at local national and international level. It is a gathering of public health practitioners and partners from government, academia, civil society   organizations and the corporates that share a common interest and dedication in protecting, preventing and promoting the health of the populations in Uganda.

The Symposium seeks to turn young people into advocates, activists, champions and change agents by empowering them with information and skills on Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Management, Human Rights, Project Planning and Management, Evidence Based Advocacy, Communication, Social Entrepreneurship and Critical thinking using a problem-solving and learning environment. In addition to the above, the young people will also gain leadership skills, networking skills, analytical skills, interpersonal skills and team work skills.

The symposium targets over 300 Public health students (undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral), healthcare professionals, members of the academia, researchers, policy makers and representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and from the professional bodies that regulate  Public Health practice.

OBJECTIVES

  • To review the opportunities and challenges related to achieving the demographic dividend, especially in countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on Uganda.
  • To enhance the knowledge and skills of young people inorder for them to harness the benefits of the demographic dividend
  • To create strategies and opportunities for the engagement of young people and their role in harnessing the demographic dividends in Uganda
  • To review how current national development strategies, translate to harnessing the demographic dividend in Uganda
STRUCTURE OF THE SYMPOSIUM

The Symposium will be a two days’ event hosted in Kampala, Uganda. It will have a number of pre-symposium activities that will include media presence, engagement and involving panel discussions, sharing of experiences, best practices and challenges, oral and poster presentations, creative and performance arts exhibition sessions.

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OUTCOMES

The Symposium seeks to turn young people into advocates, activists, champions and change agents by empowering them with information and skills on Human Rights, Project Planning and Management, Evidence Based Advocacy, Communication, Social Entrepreneurship and Critical thinking using a problem-solving and learning environment.

The Symposium outcomes will include but not be limited to;

  • Symposium report to summarize the key findings and insights from Symposium participants and permit dissemination to other stakeholders working towards the same goal.
  • Recommendations on strategies and opportunities for the active engagement of young people in harnessing the demographic dividends in Uganda
  • Develop a roadmap to help track current national development strategies and assess the country’s progress to harnessing the demographic dividend in Uganda
  • A statement of action on young peoples’ contribution towards harnessing the benefits of the demographic dividend.
  • Success stories from public health youth champions.