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Call for youth-authored blogs on health futures: Digital first health systems for and with young people


One year ago, the Lancet and Financial Times Commission on Governing health futures 2030: Growing up in a digital world (GHFutures2030) published a report that challenges policymakers and other actors to adopt a mission-oriented, precautionary and value-based approach to governance in order to realise the full potential of digital transformations to advance health and wellbeing for all. 

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Commission’s report, and in support of the #MyHealthFutures campaign, GHFutures2030 is inviting youth under 35 to share their reflections on some of the key findings and recommendations of the report as part of a special blog series titled Health futures: Digital first health systems for and with young people. The blogs will contribute to the Commission’s work to advance digital first health systems and governance solutions that advance UHC, public health and young people’s health and wellbeing.

We welcome submissions in the form of (a) opinion and analysis articles or (b) case studies:

Opinion and analysis articles should contribute new perspectives on the design and governance of digital first health systems that deliver better health futures for young people. For example:

  1. What qualities does every digital first health system need to have to meet the health needs and priorities of young people?
  2. What are the main issues and priorities for young people that digital first health systems need to be responsive to in the foreseeable future?
  3. What is needed to ensure that young people are meaningfully involved in the design, governance and implementation of digital first health systems?

Case studies from youth could address – but are not limited to – any of the following topics:

  • Examples of youth-led or youth-focused digital health and AI interventions and how they have scaled (if relevant), particularly at the grassroots level and/or in LMICs;
  • Youth experiences of digitalisation in local health systems: How are digital approaches changing the way you receive health information/services? Are these changes meeting your needs?
  • Examples of how youth are/have been included in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of digital health programmes, services, and tools, particularly in LMICs;
  • Evidence of barriers to digital health literacy, and how these barriers are being overcome.

How to submit your blog

Blogs should be submitted through this Google Form and should follow the Commission’s editorial guidelines. 

Deadline for submissions is 11:59pm CEST on Sunday 20 November. 

Should you have further questions, please send an email to 

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