Get Inspired by 3 Self-Care Youth Advocates

Back in April, three self-care youth advocates got together to host a podcast on the importance of self-care advocacy. Eight months later, we’re checking in with our youth leaders to explore what they’ve been up since and the role they’re playing to make universal health coverage a reality. Below, get to know more about Bea, Tihut and Richard as they continue advocating for a better world for young people everywhere.

This piece is a part of the SCTG’s 12 Days of UHC 2021 campaign

It’s been almost two years since COVID-19 turned our world upside down. And as we’ve seen over the past two years, the burden on young people everywhere accessing health services has only increased. 

If we hope to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, the health and well-being of young people will be critical to their meaningful contribution to build and invest in health systems that serve their unique needs. 

By deliberately shifting the power of health into the hands of young people, self-care offers an opportunity for youth to not only better manage their own health, but to improve national and global health outcomes and set up the health system to effectively and efficiently achieve UHC.  

And with young people’s voices leading the way, we can unlock innovative new solutions that can accelerate progress to better meet the needs of young people. As we celebrate UHC Day this year, get to know Bea, Richard and Tihut – youth advocates who we’re currently inspired by – as they share why they believe in the untapped potential of self-care practices and interventions for young people to take charge of their own health in ways never before possible. 

To further support these youth champions on their advocacy journey, explore their recommendations for integrating self-care into policies and programming here. 

Beatrice Okech

Content Development and Knowledge Management Officer, Y-ACT Youth In Action

Richard Dzikunu

Youth Officer, Young Expert: Tech4Health

Tihut Mulugeta

Project Advisor DMPA-SC for self-inject, PSI Ethiopia

To achieve a world where everyone has access to care, we can’t afford to ignore youth voices. Interested in more self-care youth advocacy? 

Join our Youth Workstream!
Whether you’re new to the self-care conversation or have been a self-care trailblazer member since our inception, we want to continue elevating your voice! Become a part of the SCTG’s Youth Workstream and lead the charge as we incorporate youth focused needs into our global advocacy priorities — ensuring that young people like you have the power to take control of your healthcare.  If you’re interested in joining, send an email to [email protected]

Listen to our youth leaders speak on their priorities in our podcast “Self-Care: For Youth, By Youth”. 


The Future of Work

With overarching commitments to flexibility in our work, and greater wellbeing for our employees, we want to ensure PSI is positioned for success with a global and holistic view of talent. Under our new “work from (almost) anywhere,” or “WFAA” philosophy, we are making the necessary investments to be an employer of record in more than half of U.S. states, and consider the U.S. as one single labor market for salary purposes. Globally, we recognize the need to compete for talent everywhere; we maintain a talent center in Nairobi and a mini-hub in Abidjan. PSI also already works with our Dutch-based European partner, PSI Europe, and we’re creating a virtual talent center in the UK.


Meaningful Youth Engagement

PSI is firmly committed to the meaningful engagement of young people in our work. As signatories of the Global Consensus Statement on Meaningful Adolescent & Youth Engagement, PSI affirms that young people have a fundamental right to actively and meaningfully engage in all matters that affect their lives. PSI’s commitments aim to serve and partner with diverse young people from 10-24 years, and we have prioritized ethics and integrity in our approach. Read more about our commitments to the three core principles of respect, justice and Do No Harm in the Commitment to Ethics in Youth-Powered Design. And read more about how we are bringing our words to action in our ICPD+25 commitment, Elevating Youth Voices, Building Youth Skills for Health Design.


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The health of PSI’s consumers is inextricably linked to the health of our planet. That’s why we’ve joined the Climate Accountability in Development as part of our commitment to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Read about our commitment to environmental sustainability.


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PSI affirms gender equality is a universal human right and the achievement of it is essential to PSI’s mission. Read about our commitment to gender equality here.


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