New Commonwealth Youth Initiatives to Promote Better Health and Wellbeing
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New Commonwealth Youth Initiatives to Promote Better Health and Wellbeing

As part of efforts to advance the Global Health Goals, Commonwealth Young Leaders concluded a crucial three-day summit in London with the launch of two key initiatives: the Commonwealth Young Health Leaders Fellowship and the Commonwealth Leadership Institute (Health).

These initiatives aim to provide young leaders with a space to lead ongoing dialogues on health and innovation and build partnerships to improve the well-being of the 1.6 billion young people in the Commonwealth.

The event took place from 13 to 15 June 2024 at St George’s House, Windsor Castle and was hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in partnership with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, College of Medicine and Integrated Health, Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Dragon’s Heart Institute, All-Wales Intensive Learning Academy and the Oxford Value and Stewardship Programme.

Delivering his opening speech at the summit, The Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Dr Arjoon Suddhoo, he said:

“The Community is deeply committed to promoting health and well-being for all in its member countries. We have made significant progress in this area, but we know there is still much to do, because health is the foundation on which thriving communities are built and maintained.

Our Commonwealth Young Health Leaders Fellowship, which has just launched, is more than just a programme; it is a glimmer of hope for our young health leaders, offering them the chance to develop their skills, gain invaluable experience and implement effective health initiatives in their communities.

Our young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow; they are the changemakers of today. By investing in their potential, we are ensuring a healthier and more equitable future for all.”

Promoting youth health

The Summit provided participants with a platform to support young leaders in addressing health challenges, including access to quality healthcare, the growing burden of mental illness and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the serious impact of climate change on health and well-being. Commenting on the importance of supporting young people, Professor of Innovation and Leadership at Swansea UniversityJonathan Gray, he said:

“It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the challenges facing healthcare systems around the world. But the creativity and ambition of young healthcare leaders in Windsor over the past few days has been a source of hope. There’s nothing more important than cultivating this leadership talent together.”

The Leadership Institute will serve as a hub for leaders from across the Commonwealth, empowering them to address the challenges of promoting better health and well-being in their communities.

To find out more about the Commonwealth Young Health Leaders Fellowship and the Commonwealth Leadership Institute (Health), please contact the Health team at: (email protected)


Contact with the media

  • Ijeoma Onyeator Communications Officer, Communications Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

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