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Fondation Botnar is investing in emerging solutions to build a better future for children and young people globally.

Fondation Botnar champions the use of AI and digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments around the world. We do this by supporting research, catalysing diverse partners, and investing in scalable solutions.

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Our Year: 2020 in Review

We hope you have had an excellent start to 2021 - welcome to a special edition of The Catalyst! Today fresh off the digital press, we are pleased to share our first digital Our Year: 2020 in Review interactive report! Join us in looking back at some of our partners’ incredible achievements over the last year and find messages from our Chair of the Board, Thomas Gutzwiller, and our CEO, Stefan Germann. Don’t forget to watch our video to hear from our team members on progress in some of our initiatives.

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Winners of the Future Cities Challenge

On 18 September, UN-Habitat and Fondation Botnar launched the Future Cities Challenge with the aim to unlock the innovation and creativity of young people from all over the world. The challenge has been engaging children and young people (age 10-24) to learn more about the cities they live in and encouraging them to get creative and share their vision of their future city.

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OurCity – where young people can thrive

In cities, we expect to find the best of culture, healthcare, and education, but many cities are struggling to meet young people’s needs. Today, over 4 billion people live in urban areas globally, which represent more than half of the world’s population. By 2050, seven out of ten young people are expected to live in cities.

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Young people's role in a post-COVID-world

Young people should play a crucial role in addressing both current and future global challenges. Today on World Youth Skills Day, we are sharing the thoughts, experiences, and ideas of three young experts from the Young Experts: Tech 4 Health (YE:T4H) on the skills necessary for young people to meaningfully contribute to the recovery efforts post-COVID-19, how we as a foundation best can support young people during these challenging times, and the role of technology in accelerating the recovery efforts.

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A message to our community

In light of the emerging global situation and COVID-19, Dr. Stefan Germann, CEO at Fondation Botnar, is sharing a message with some updates and offer support from the Fondation Botnar offices in Switzerland.

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Cities fit for young people

We are seizing the opportunity to make sure the world’s urban environments are safe and thriving for young people. We connect diverse partners with local, national, and regional governments to catalyse these transformations.

AI and digital for the next generation

We fund, co-create, and scale up artificial intelligence (AI) and digitally-enabled solutions to bridge the health worker capacity gap, transform health systems from being reactive to proactive, and improve care efficiency and wellbeing for children and young people. We also prioritise the discussion around the pooling and sharing of health data to not only help policy-makers, but also help the general population to better understand their health needs.

Meaningful youth participation

We create opportunities and platforms for young people to share power and responsibility in shaping their health and wellbeing. We seek to include youth voices in the planning, design, and implementation of both local and global programs and policies.

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Our Year: 2020 in Review

Today fresh off the digital press, we are pleased to share our first digital Our Year: 2020 in Review interactive report! Join us in looking back at some of our partners’ incredible achievements over the last year and find messages from our Chair of the Board, Thomas Gutzwiller, and our CEO, Stefan Germann. Don’t forget to watch our video to hear from our team members on progress in some of our initiatives.

December 2020 – Digital Health and Wellbeing – Newsletter

At Fondation Botnar, we believe there is real potential to work across sectors to leverage technologies such as smartphones, data analytics, and AI to tailor care and support for young people’s wellbeing.
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Did you know we have a newsletter focusing on digital health & data for improved health & wellbeing for future generations?

📩 Subscribe for all the latest news, stories & events around digital health and rights!
https://mailchi.mp/b4d9d913da62/the-catalyst-digital-newsletter-december-7174269

From Uganda to China, Saudi Arabia to Korea and the US. The future of #urbanplanning 🌇 is taking shape now. How will developments of smart-cities affect health and wellbeing of future generations?

@ClutchCityKyle from @propmodo key learnings ⬇️

https://bit.ly/31Tshic

What does school closures under #COVID-19 mean for children and young people in crisis-affected contexts?

How do we respond, recover and prepare for future shocks to support #childhealth and wellbeing?

Interesting read 📖 @reliefweb
https://bit.ly/3moZLhM

Access to #mental health care for young adults in India is limited. With support from @FondationBotnar, @PATHtweets will analyze existing policies & programs for #youth mental health care across the country to identify gaps & create solutions #NCD #RKSK
https://www.path.org/articles/mapping-future-mental-health-care-india/

How tech startups are making public transport in African cities more efficient https://disrupt-africa.com/2021/04/08/how-tech-startups-are-making-public-transport-in-african-cities-more-efficient/

#Covid19 is accelerating #digitalhealth solutions such as digital health ID's but we must ensure:
👌 Consent
🔐 Privacy
🔎 Transparency

is embedded in all data driven health solutions going forward!

Read on via @Forbes ⤵️ @andreimpop
https://bit.ly/2PxDJO1

🤔 Why are there gaps in #healthdata around the pandemic?
🚨 What can we learn from the past year in terms of support for LMICs during #COVID19?
📊 Have countries been sharing data on the pandemic?

@suzettelohmeyer explores further on @NPR
https://n.pr/3f9FRFT

We are very pleased to hear that the @EU_Commission announced its commitment to young people:

👶 To better protect all children
📖 To help them fulfil their rights
🗣️ To place them right at the centre of EU policy making.

Find out more 👇
https://bit.ly/3tRgyg8

Conversations on #WorldHealthDay are incomplete without talking digital health. Mainstreaming digital health is the only way we achieve Universal Health Coverage!

Are your discussions on #HealthForAll foregrounding the immense role that #DigitalHealth can play?

On #WorldHealthDay, Commissioner @RanBalicer discusses #Israel's response to the pandemic & how #COVID19 accelerated #digitalhealth transformation.

➡️Read his blog on how a coordinated & integrated #healthcare system can build a fairer, healthier world. http://t.ly/CnhI

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