In the next 50 years we will need your solutions to these global challenges. Be inspired by what others in the IB community are doing and create your own health and nutrition project!
What do you see as one of the biggest health challenges in the coming years or decades? How can we produce food in an increasingly sustainable way? How can we ensure that sufficient health care is available to those who need it?
We have reached out to several IB graduates who are actively thinking about how these issues affect their lives and work today. As you define your challenge, you can consider their guidance and get inspiration from their stories below.
How to begin
Define the challenge you want to find a solution for, build a team, and present your world-changing ideas using #generationIB and #healthIB on Twitter, Instagram and/or Periscope.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to #healthIB:
- Zero hunger
- Good health and well-being
- Clean water and sanitation
- Partnerships for the goals.
7.6 billion people are currently living on our planet. 9.7 billion people are expected by 2050. How can we ensure good health and well-being for these people? How can we provide clean water, sanitation and eliminate hunger in countries where poverty is around the corner? This all becomes more challenging in a world affected by unprecedented environmental change. We need to work in partnership because health issues are collective action problems that affect all of us.
Take a look at how your country is doing on these SDGs: 2, 3, 6 and 17.
What are the rising health challenges in your region?
"In the field of healthcare in particular, there are many challenges. However, an issue that is of particular importance to me is the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular and renal disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. NCDs are increasing in incidence in Sub-Saharan Africa and we have limited information on their distribution, treatment and sequelae in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Studying NCDs in this region of the world will provide an opportunity to improve the lives of many." – Ayodele Odutayo, Turner Fenton Secondary School, Canada
How can we ensure that more resources are being invested in strengthening health systems?
Around the world, four out of every five people who are blind don’t need to be. I am currently working for an international NGO that aims to prevent people from going needlessly blind and restore vision to those who have lost their sight. What is essential to eliminate avoidable blindness is greater political leadership on this issue and more resources being invested to strengthen health systems, especially in developing countries. How can we make this happen?