Investing in today’s youth also involves promoting their ideas for a better future made possible with the advancement of technology. UNDP’s Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) aims to build a generation of young leaders, innovators, and change-makers in the Arab region, acting as drivers for social change. In the programme’s sixth edition, UNDP launched a competition for innovative solutions for peace and development where the best six ideas were awarded with grants of US $10,000 each, to help the winning participants turn their ideas into impactful projects.
One of the awardees was Mohamed Zain El-Abdeen, who has established a mobile application providing medical consultations service to diabetic patients in Benghazi. Through the application, patients can submit their questions and concerns and receive advice from medical professionals. When needed, project staff will make home visits and provide one-on-one support. The application utilizes technology in maintaining patients records and sending regular visit reminders which is an invaluable service for persons with diabetes, especially during the pandemic where the elderly are at a higher risk of complications from COVID-19, and when possible, they are not advised to make regular visits to local clinics where a risk of infection is high.
During his meeting with Mr. Noto, Mr. El-Abedeen updated Mr. Noto on the progress of his project where he explained how the community is utilizing the application saying, “I’m happy I was awarded through this programme which is serving the community in Benghazi. I encourage all young people to apply to such programmes because it helps support small projects and creates opportunities within the community”.