International Youth Committee, New Delhi has conferred on Mr Peter F Borges the National Youth Icon Award 2019. The award was presented on 27th September 2019 at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi at the World Youth Summit.
The National Youth Icon Award is the premiere and highest youth award in India for excellence in development work. It aims to raise the profile of young people and highlight the contribution they are making towards developing a fair, sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous future for the nation.
Peter Borges is a Goa-based development worker whose work spans more than 15 years in the public health sector. He founded the Human Touch Foundation (HTF), a youth-led organisation in 2009 that engages young people to advance human rights and social justice perspectives in the health sector. Working in cooperation with the government and non-governmental organisations, HTF mobilises young people by addressing pressing health issues and translates that engagement into action.
Peter has been a part of many international organising committees in the area of HIV and drug abuse, advocating with the government to end the epidemic in India so that people, especially young adolescents, can remain HIV negative through adequate sexual health education and prevention, or be linked to healthcare and live the healthy lives they deserve.
Through these various endeavours, Peter has been instrumental in major pioneering projects and approaches in shaping responses at the state, national and international level; particularly towards HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights, tuberculosis, and drug abuse since 2004. He has done extensive work in building resilience among children and adolescents living with HIV and shaping drug abuse response in Goa.
Peter is a part of the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and a member of the Expert Committee for Preliminary Assessment of Juveniles. He has a master’s degree in social work from Nagpur University and is currently a doctoral research scholar in social work at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
More about the Human Touch Foundation here: Touching Human Lives