Access to healthcare

Working towards a future where all people have access to sustainable healthcare solutions for life-changing treatment and prevention

Our approach to Access to healthcare

Our approach goes beyond our medicines. We provide healthcare solutions along a continuum of care — from prevention, awareness, diagnosis and treatment, to post-treatment and wellness. We work across our main therapy areas to address unmet medical needs and health disparities.

We recognise health as a human right. Healthcare is our core business; our mission is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. We are working towards a future where all people have access to sustainable healthcare solutions for life-changing treatment and prevention. How do we do this?

  • Innovating — to deliver life-changing medicine

We seek to future-proof global health systems to ensure that our medicines get to people who need them, even when challenges exist within those healthcare systems.

  • Partnering — to improve access and affordability

We are patient centric and recognise that patients are people first. We are evolving our ways of working to address the current and future needs of patients. We work with partners to help create integrated healthcare ecosystems that bring benefits and support for the whole of the patient experience.

  • Transforming — for the future of healthcare

We are committed to health equity — to ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible. We are working to address health disparities and eliminate discrimination from the delivery of healthcare. This includes ensuring equity in our workplace, access to our medicines, in our clinical trials and beyond.

Our Access to healthcare material focus areas

These focus areas reflect the outcome of a materiality assessment, a robust process that determines the topics that are most important to AstraZeneca and our stakeholders, giving us the opportunity to achieve the most positive impact. Click on the icons below to read more about each area.

Key performance indicators

We assess our performance by the delivery of annual key performance indicators and long-term sustainability targets for each material focus area. The following KPIs are based on 2020 data. 

We recognise that several of these measures were impacted by the pandemic and may not reflect a typical trajectory. Independent external assurance for these KPIs was provided by Bureau Veritas as described in the sustainability letter of assurance. See the Sustainability Data Summary for all KPIs, targets and methodology. 


healthcare workers trained (cumulative)1

25+ million

people reached through our access programmes (cumulative)1

10+ million

people reached through our patient assistance programmes (cumulative)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The UN SDGs are a universal blueprint for prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. They represent the collective actions the world can take to address the most pressing issues we face as a global community — inequality, injustice, poverty and climate change. Click on the arrows below to learn about AstraZeneca's contribution to the SDGs.

Access to healthcare highlights

These are our signature programmes, partnerships and commitments. Click on each box to learn more. 

Reporting, policies and position statements

Read more about Access to healthcare in our 2020 Sustainability Report.

See our sustainability performance measures and methodology.


1. Includes four access to healthcare programmes: Healthy Heart Africa, Healthy Lung, Phakamisa and Young Health Programme