Health Projects

The health project between the European Youth Parliament and the Wellcome Trust and EIT Health will bring together young people from across Europe with decision-makers to debate today’s pressing topics in the field of health, and to develop positions that will be shared with experts as well as young peers and the broader public.

What we do

Our project was divided into three distinct phases of Consultation, Aggregation, and Presentation, leading to our Health Summit.


Health topics have been included in digital sessions in 2020. More than 300 young people have debated different aspects of healthcare policy at these events.

Digital Health Forum

The European Youth Parliament hosted its first digital event entirely focused on health-related topics, where around 100 young participants from 26 countries discussed the challenges facing global health today.

Find more information about the event here!

Health Think Tank

Our Health Think Tank team aggregated the opinions expressed at our events into a policy recommendations paper, “Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All”, which will be shared with decision-makers.

Find the paper here!

Youth Health Summit

Young people will present policy recommendations to decision-makers in the field as well as a wider audience in our Health Summit, which will provide them with opportunities to engage in the public debate.

Find the programme here!

Topics we discuss

Young people in the health project debated topics across the following thematic areas:

Epidemics and Infectious Diseases

We have discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, global access to medicines and the concept of vaccines and therapeutics as public goods, with a particular focus on access in low- and middle-income countries.

Health Governance

The focus of health governance was put on global and European health institutions and their response to health challenges, including reforms that would allow for greater leadership, accountability, and transparency.

Mental Health

With the COVID-19 pandemic having a negative impact on mental health, we discussed strategies for young people to cope, as well as ways to reduce stigmatisation and discrimination linked to mental health issues.

Healthcare Innovations

We debated the potential of telemedicine and digital healthcare solutions to improve people-centred care, bearing in mind data protection and safety concerns.