Richard has worked for organizations such as Curious Minds in Ghana as a Program Officer and at PAI in Washington D.C. as the Advocacy Associate for the Primary Health Care Initiative. In this roll he supported all aspects of the development and implementation of advocacy and communications strategies to strengthen primary health care systems in seven African Union countries. Richard currently serves as the facilitator for the newly formed "Young Experts: Tech 4 Health" initiative convened by Foundation Botnar, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), PATH and Women Deliver. Richard has a unique combination of advocacy work at the community, national and international level for reproductive health and rights, primary health care, and youth-led engagement. With additional experience in integrating digital technologies and strategies for UHC advocacy and implementing projects related to youth-led accountability and governance.
Richard Dzikunu is a United Nations award-winning youth activist with a track record for influencing adolescent health policy and proven strategic communications, grassroots mobilization, and advocacy skills. In 2018, he received the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Campaign Award, the first of its kind, from the United Nations at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany. This award was in recognition of Richard’s work in empowering marginalized groups, specifically, women, girls, young people and persons with disabilities to be involved in the SDG dialogue in Ghana and for influencing the Ghana Adolescent Health Policy and Strategy to meet the demographic needs of young people.