Margarita Alexandra Antonio
Margarita Antonio was born and raised in Davao city, located in the south of the Philippines. Majoring in Health Sciences at Ateneo de Manila University, she is extremely passionate about global health and advocating for people’s rights to access care. She currently holds an executive board position in Project LAAN inc. (projectlaan.org) with the focus of fighting poverty through health. Using her position, she works to further research and discourse in increasing health care access and utilization through public health advocacy, health literacy and patient empowerment in underserved communities. Previously, she was awarded the KIZUNA Bond Scholarship under the Japanese government for exposure in the field of disaster risk reduction management. She is also a certified Creating Shared Value practitioner. Currently, she is working with a team on a social venture focused on providing mental health first aid training and services. The project is specifically designed for Filipinos and the Philippine context to answer the lack of psychosocial literacy and contextualized care in her country. Margarita is dedicated towards supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which focus on furthering inclusion, good health and well-being and quality education for all. In the future, she endeavors to collaborate with other organizations and youth alike through platforms such as the Youth Assembly in order to work towards these goals. She believes that together we can work towards a healthier and more sustainable tomorrow.