The Y+ app, an initiative of UNDP that seeks to provide psychosocial support to Young People Living with HIV (YPLHIV) was launched in Accra on 17th January 2022 by the United Nations Development Programme and the Young Health Advocates Ghana (YHAG), a national network of young people working to prevent HIV among young Ghanaians under the auspices of Hope for Future Generations.
The app provides accurate health information with expert resources for YPLHIV. UNDP collaborated with YHAG in the development of the app. On 12th February 2022, the app was introduced to regional members across the 7 regions of Ghana where YHAG is present. The Y+ app will continually undergo iteration based on the needs of the YPLHIV.
Some YHAG members expressed their excitement about the Y+app and its relevance for YPLHIV.
“The app is an innovative initiative being the first of its kind, I know it will help me with easy access to mentors on my health issues.”Prince, YHAG Member.
“I love the way the app is designed, I’m excited about how it connects other YPLHIV, especially since it has a chat box. It’s a nice way to connect us.”Kate, YHAG Member
Ms. Priscilla Addo, the National President of YHAG remarked that Y+ will make it easier for adolescents and YPLHIV to plan their appointments with the hospital. “I see it as an accurate and accessible way of getting digital health information,” she added.
In a related development, in January and February, several YHAG members participated in a Digital Health Rights research program organized by NAP+ Ghana and Graduate Research Institute in Geneva. The research study took place in 3 regions: Accra, Ashanti and Northern. YHAG participants were asked how they access digital health information on their mobile devices and how important privacy is to them.