Young Health Programme

What is the Young Health Programme?

AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme (YHP) is a global programme with a unique focus on young people age 10 to 24 and prevention of the most common non-communicable diseases (NCDs): cancer, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease and mental ill health. Delivered in partnership with Plan International and UNICEF and informed by research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, YHP aims to support the development of protective environments and empower young people to make informed choices about their health. YHP is part of our sustainability commitment to use our capabilities to make the most meaningful impact where society needs it – health.

Launched in 2010, the YHP has reached more than 30 countries and educated more than five million young people through peer-to-peer programmes, trained more than 54,000 peer educators and healthcare workers and supported the growth and development of young health advocates through scholarships, grants and mentorship.

We surpassed our 2020 target early and have renewed our commitment to YHP with a pledge of an additional $35m to continue the programme through 2025, with the addition of a new partner, UNICEF.

Between 2021 and 2025, we hope to reach 10 million more young people, train more than 3,000 young educators and advocates and positively impact at least 12 laws and policies around the world.

The Young Health Programme: Better health choices, brighter life chances.

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