Over 60 per cent of the world’s employed population are in the informal sector. The Geneva International Labour Organization (2020) news report shows that 2 billion people currently work informally. With 77 per cent of the total youths in employment constituted in the informal sector, young people are the largest labour contributors to this sector. Unfortunately, the jobs held by these people (young people) are usually associated with low pay, no legal (employment contracts) nor social protection (pensions and health insurance), and poor working conditions. These conditions contribute significantly to their limited access to social services like healthcare services (Sychareun et al., 2016), which in turn may leave them vulnerable and exposed to calamitous health conditions. To this end, this study aims to examine the interaction between access to healthcare and the experiences of young people in the informal sector.
Biography of speaker
Mr. Ayomide Oluwaseyi Oladosu
Mr. Ayomide Oluwaseyi Oladosu is a first year PhD student studying Sociology and Social Policy in the School of Graduate Studies, Lingnan University. Ayomide completed his first degree in Economics from Afe Babalola University in Nigeria, and his Master’s degree in Comparative Social Policy from Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Ayomide’s two distinct work experiences first as a research consultant in a health and nutrition company (Neo Continental Company, Ltd) and later as a Retail Relationship Officer in United Bank for Africa, developed his research interest in healthcare, and the working conditions in the informal sector respectively. As a young man, he is also interested in youth development, specifically in the health and wellbeing aspect. Through his research, he hopes to make contributions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially SDG 3, to “ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”.