The Society for Adolescent and Young Person Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN) has concluded arrangements for a conference aimed at convening diverse stakeholders to address key and pressing issues relating to the health and well-being of adolescents and other young people.
Penpushing reports that the conference with the theme, ‘Achieving 2030 Targets: Driving Innovation for Adolescents and Youth Health’, is scheduled to hold from Wednesday, 16th August to Saturday, 19th August 2023, in Lagos State, Nigeria
The conference will spotlight adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights – a critical concern in Nigeria – along with mental health and other key adolescent health issue, and will equally explore evidence-based policies, interventions, and solutions that can substantially enhance adolescent and youth health and development.
Penpushing further reports that the event will same vein underscore the role of young people as agents of transformation in the pursuit of sustainable development goals, and is set to attract a wide array of stakeholders, including government officials, policymakers, development partners, researchers, community leaders, adolescents, and young people living with disabilities.
The conference tagged,’EKO 2023” has Lagos State as choice of venue because the strategic location holds immense significance, given its status as Nigeria’s largest city and the economic hub of West Africa
Penpushing also reports that the association’s President, Professor Fatusi said its proud to mark the 2023 International Youth Day by announcing its unwavering commitment to promoting optimal health, well-being, and development of adolescents and young people.
‘On this International Youth Day, we stand united as the Society for Adolescent and Young Person Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN), fueled by our unwavering commitment to the health, well-being, and development of the youth’, he said.
‘Our journey began with a determination to bridge the gap in Adolescent Health, and today, we are proud to lead the charge in promoting positive youth development, quality healthcare, and the realization of individual potential’, Fatusi added.
“As we come together to address the critical issue of adolescent and youth health and development, we are reminded that our efforts ripple far beyond the individuals themselves. Families, communities, and societies at large are all touched by the outcomes of our collective actions. It is our shared responsibility to ensure that the next generation not only thrives but also becomes the driving force behind sustainable change’’, he stated.
‘The upcoming 3rd Nigeria Conference on Adolescent and Youth Health and Development (“EKO 2023”) is a powerful testament to our dedication. Under the theme ‘Achieving 2030 Targets: Driving Innovation for Adolescents and Youth Health,’ we will foster the connections between research evidence, policies, and interventions to reshape the landscape of adolescent and youth health and development’.
‘Through this conference, we aim to empower researchers, scientists, leaders, advocates, learners, including all classes of adolescents and youth, to share their insights and experiences, thereby igniting a transformational journey’.
“Lagos, the heartbeat of Nigeria, serves as the backdrop for this significant gathering. A bustling city with a pulse of its own, it reflects the vibrant energy and dynamism that our youth embody. The conference’s strategic location ensures a dynamic mix of actors, including young people, government officials, policymakers, development partners, non-governmental stakeholders, academic and research communities, and community leaders, all aligned in our vision for change’.
“Let us use this occasion to renew our commitment and forge new partnerships. Together, we can pave the way for universal access to health and development for young people, not only across Nigeria but also across the entire African continent’.
‘We extend our hand to you, inviting you to join us on this transformative journey. Together, let’s harness the power of innovation, knowledge, and collaboration to create a sustainable world where our youth flourish.”
Penpushing reports that the body is established to address the critical gap in adolescent health, is a strategic national platform for advancing the health and development of adolescents and young people in Nigeria and the foremost advocate for positive youth development, quality healthcare, and the realization of individual potential of every young person in Nigeria.
The association recognizing health as a comprehensive concept that extends beyond the mere absence of disease, advocates for holistic well-being, spanning physical, mental, and social dimensions. Adolescents and young people’s health and development have far-reaching implications, impacting not only individuals but also families, communities, and societies at large.
Penpushing further reports that the group is actively seeking partnerships with organizations that share its commitment to advancing adolescent and youth health and development, while this year’s theme for international youth day is “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World”.
‘As the global community embarks on a green transition, SAYPHIN and its partners are determined to drive impactful change in the lives of young people, aligning with the broader vision for a sustainable future’.
‘The Society for Adolescent and Young Person Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN) is a leading advocate for adolescent and youth health and development. With a vision to promote well-being, positive youth development, and quality healthcare, SAYPHIN strives to address the unique challenges faced by young people in Nigeria’.
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