The Reboot Health & Wellbeing challenge was lanuched in March 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to inspiring young people from around the world to develop solutions to one of the most urgent health challenges for the next decade: Keeping young people safe.
Most young men who have sex with men (YMSM) have never been tested for gonorrhea (GC)/chlamydia (CT) due to financial barriers and lack of community support. To expand community engagement and eliminate testing fees, we propose pay-it-forward. Pay-it-forward has one YMSM receive a free GC/CT test as a gift, then has an opportunity to contribute to the next YMSM’s free testing.
On 7 July, 2020 the winners were announced live by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and PIF was one of the only two winners. Congratulations to our SESH amazing PIF team: Fan Yang, Dan Wu, Weiming Tang and Tiange Philip Zhang. Dr,Fan Yang on behalf of the PIF team pitched their idea to thousands of virtual attendees worldwide and engage in an interesting Q&A session with Dr Tedros and event attendees covering issues including health and wellbeing, digital innovation, and the role of young people in shaping health outcomes.
PIF team members: Weiming Tang, Fan Yang, Tiange Philip Zhang and Dan Wu (from left to right)
We're really excited that pay-it-forward was recognized as one of the two winning innovation ideas at the UN Reboot Health and Well-being contest. Stigma, financial barriers, and lack of community support persist to hinder health care seeking. We look forward to sharing our experience on pay-it-forward as an evidence-based solution to those problems and increasing the access to health services collectively with the global community.