Healthy Youth Better Ghana
Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Healthy Youth Better Ghana (HYBG) is a non-profit organization set up with the following aims:
Building the nation by focusing on the health of the populace
Advocating for health reforms
Helping to improve health coverage and access especially to underserved individuals and areas
Arm the average Ghanaian with adequate drug and medical information to help curb drug and medication errors and reduce drug resistance and drug abuse.
Assist in the education of health professionals by providing scholarships to brilliant but needy students
Boost public health knowledge and involvement by providing opportunities to Ghanaians to enable them gain experience in the public health field.
The organization is the brainchild of David Oppong Amoafo a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and certified HIV/Aids educator in the state of Florida. Set up in 2015, HYBG targets the youth and adolescents of the nation as they are the future leaders and are yet to acquire long-term effects of drug illiteracy and negative. Those already affected are not left out as we push for health reforms that suit the chronic conditions and also educate these individuals on how to better manage their conditions.
HYBG looks at health education from a fresh angle. Today's youth and adolescents spend much of their time on social media as compared with the traditional media and as such social media platforms are harnessed for the propagation of information and for more personal interactions than observed with the traditional media. One US study found that, in 2009, young people (8-18 years) spent an average of 7.5 hours online each day (Rideout, Foehr, & Roberts, 2010). While such evidence alone demonstrates the Internet’s popularity among youth, it is likely that its use has increased substantially over the past few years as social networking sites have become more popular, and schools increasingly require students to bring internet-enabled devices to class (Harris, 2012).
Workshops and outreaches are also organized to take health care to the underserved and for those not reached through the media.
The organization is also committed to helping students in health programmes by providing brilliant but needy students with scholarships to enable them complete their education. Currently, HYBG has partnered with the College of Health Sciences in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to find scholarships to some brilliant but needy students in the college.