We are thrilled to announce that Children’s Voices on COVID-19 has been chosen as one of the two winners of the Reboot Health & Wellbeing Innovation Challenge! Congratulations to all the Child and Young Reporters involved in this project at RX Radio and well done to team members Talitha Counter, Luzuko Sonkapu, Alaweyah Mogali and Chris Booth for being the face of the project at the WHO.

The winners were announced by the Director General of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a special virtual event on Tuesday the 7th of July 2020. During the event, Talitha gave a great presentation where she spoke about our Children’s Voices on COVID-19 project and the work that we have been doing in bringing children’s perspectives on the global pandemic to the forefront. Talitha also answered some questions from Dr Tedros, as well as questions from the audience who attended the event.

The innovation challenge, which was organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the support of the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT), UNAIDS, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF, was made to “inspire young people from around the world to develop solutions to one of the most urgent health challenges for the next decade: Keeping young people safe.”

As RX Radio, we believe in the importance of children having a voice about health issues that affect them and in the power of child participation in global health issues. As a result, the three Young Reporters and RX Radio producer entered this innovation challenge using the Children’s Voices on COVID-19 project to highlight the importance of including children’s perspective, ideas and experiences during the global Coronavirus pandemic. You can find out more on this project below:

140 ideas were submitted for this challenge from around the world and we are grateful that this project was one of the two chosen from all those ideas to be the winners. If you would like to see the virtual event that was hosted by the WHO, take a look at the video below: