Two young Ghanaian change-makers, Dr Gideon Assan and Samuel Nii Lartey Lamptey, have made it to the finals of the maiden Humans of Digital Health campaign.
The Humans of Digital Health campaign, organised by Young Experts: Tech for Health (YET4H), is a platform for young people to shape and guide the agenda towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 through data and digital technologies.
The Young Experts: Tech 4 Health, a Switzerland-based organization, is an independent partner of Transform Health Association, whose mission is to engender a global movement that re-imagines healthcare in a digital age and champions youth voices and perspectives by harnessing the power of human-centred technology to deliver healthcare that is inclusive, equitable, and accessible to all.
Dr Gideon Assan
Dr Gideon Assan, an alumnus of Mfantsipim School and the University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences, entered the competition by submitting a proposal on his curated comic-health drama project, which has been making waves on social media in the last three months.
Realizing the cultural and institutional barriers to the dissemination and consumption of health information in Ghana, Gideon decided to use the power of digital media to make health information available to all.
Under the rubric ‘Health Quarters Ghana’, the medical doctor has been creating video content using comic actors who act out everyday health dilemmas and myths with him using his medical knowledge to clarify these “dilemmas”.
These skits are circulated on digital platforms for free with the aim that the over 6 million social media users in Ghana are provided with crucial but often ignored health tit-bits in an interesting but informative way.
For the Humans of Digital Health Campaign, he will be tasked to develop this telehealth initiative, the first of its kind in Ghana, further into a digital database of audiovisual content on important health information.
Samuel Nii Lartey Lamptey
Samuel is a filmmaker and actor, who also works with Act For Change Ghana – a youth-led NGO that employs workshops, projects and interactive theatre to realize positive change in people and communities.
Samuel’s ‘The Project’ idea was borne out of the recent incessant increase in teenage pregnancy cases in Ghana. The project is set to mobilise and encourage young people (in-school youth) to leverage technology in accessing key information regarding their reproductive health needs.
Using interactive theatre and video shows (animation), students from selected schools in Accra – Ghana will be introduced to mobile phone applications about menstruation, body changes, contraceptives, and other related topics.
His vision is to see a world where young people have access to information, opportunities and resources to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.
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