Saturday, August 24, 2019

Ideas Positive challenges youth to make a stand for health

IDEAS Positive invites youth from all over the Philippines to use their creativity and passion to solve health issues around the country. Ideas Positive enables youth to contribute in nation-building, as well as to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Youth aged 18 to 30 are invited to form teams of five members and one mentor, and to submit their innovative ideas on solving health issues in communities.

With partner Sun Life Foundation, more youth teams will be able to turn their ideas into reality. Up to 17 youth teams with the best ideas will get the chance to receive up to P100,000 seed money to implement their ideas in their chosen communities.

From local to global

Ideas Positive, the youth engagement program of Unilab Foundation, was founded on the belief that the youth can help build a healthier Philippines.

Since 2010, Ideas Positive has transformed a total of 172 communities, engaged more than 61,926 youth, and reached more than 1.5 million Filipinos.

Previous teams have achieved a variety of health outcomes in different regions: 100 percent compliance to School-Based Immunization among students in Pavia, Iloilo; the total eradication of scabies among children in conflict with the law in a Social Development Center in Bacolod; and capacitating 14 schools to provide mental health services in conflict-stricken Maguindanao.

Now on its eighth run, Ideas Positive will focus on enabling the youth to contribute to the SDGs, particularly Goal #3, Health and Well-Being, through innovative and community-based solutions.

The projects will continue to adapt the World Health Organization's Health Systems Framework in addressing health concerns in the teams’ chosen communities. The building blocks of the framework are: healthcare financing; health information and research; governance and leadership in health; human resource for health; health technology and products; and health service delivery.

Ideas Positive also identified priority topics addressing the pressing health issues, such as non-communicable and lifestyle-related diseases; diseases related to urbanization; infectious diseases; neglected tropical diseases; nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash); and mental health.

This run also welcomes ideas that address health issues tackled by the Foundation's advocacies: climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and the health of Persons with Disability (PWDs) and the elderly.

Unique, fun and unforgettable experience

Students, young professionals, and out-of-school youth, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation and abilities, are welcome to join Ideas Positive Run 8.

To join, youth teams are invited to log on to, create an account, and start creating a proposal. From there, teams will be notified via email if they pass, and will be invited to participate in the live screening. The entire registration and entry submission process is online.

Teams that pass the live screening will advance to the Boot Camp, which will equip them with skills in community development, communications, project management, and leadership. Teams will be provided with seed money to implement their projects within six months. The Ideas Positive team will conduct periodic community visits to monitor the projects.

After six months, teams will present the outcomes of their projects to an esteemed panel of judges during the Ideas Positive National Youth Forum on Public Health (IPNYFPH), a gathering of youth health leaders from all over the country.

At least three teams with the most outstanding health outcomes will receive cash prizes of up to P60,000, and awards for the team members, their mentors, and their schools or organizations. But the biggest reward of joining Ideas Positive -- according to participants of previous runs -- is seeing the transformations that have been sparked in their communities.

Ideas Positive Run 8 call for entries is open from September 15 to October 30, 2017.

For more information about Ideas Positive, visit or contact Mikee dela Peña at (+63917) 530-7301 or email

For live updates, follow Ideas Positive on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #IdeasPositiveRun8. (PR)

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