Young Health Programme


YHP programmes are developed to meet local needs and resources and are executed in over thirty countries globally by NGO partners, often with AstraZeneca employees volunteering their support.

Young Leaders

We are privileged to work with many inspiring young people to make change happen in youth health.

Step Up! Grants

Step Up! provides grants of up to US$10,000 to help small, innovative, youth-focused non-profits develop and deliver effective health promotion programmes.

The AstraZeneca Young Health Programme works to help young people aged 10-24 to take control of their health, especially to combat long-term conditions such as cancers, diabetes, respiratory and heart diseases, and mental ill health. These are often called non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

NCDs are by far the world’s greatest cause of mortality. They kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally. 15 million of these are ’premature’, occurring between the ages of 30 and 69.1

The WHO estimates that 70% of premature deaths among adults are largely due to behaviour initiated during adolescence2, many of them NCD risk behaviours. Globally, at least 1 in 10 young people aged 13–15 years use tobacco;81% of adolescents don’t get enough physical activity;4 and 11.7% of adolescents partake in heavy episodic drinking.5

Some of these behaviours that we target can be largely down to personal choices, but these and other factors are also heavily affected by social and environmental influences, and by policy. Making a significant difference is a huge task that we cannot complete on our own so we aim to catalyse action on a broader scale through;

Funding research

to address gaps in the data, and in the wider understanding of youth health


and showcasing health education programmes


the skills and networks of inspiring young health leaders


youth and others in advocating for relevant legislative and regulatory changes

In doing this we support young people to ensure their voice is heard - in articulating their health needs, in planning and delivering solutions, and in innovating and experimenting to advance practice.

The Young Health Programme was founded in 2010 as AstraZeneca’s global community investment initiative, and colleagues provide volunteer support for many of the programmes.

YHP activities support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal Target 3.4 - to reduce premature deaths linked to NCDs by one third by 2030 and promote mental health and wellbeing

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  1. Non communicable diseases. 2021. Available from:
  2. World Health Organization. Improving Adolescent Health and Development. Geneva: Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development; 2001. Available from:;jsessionid=CB67838D5DAD96E3464B2FCA07F3328F?sequence=1
  3. Adolescent and young adult health. 2021. Available from:
  4. World Health Organization. Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases. Geneva; 2014. Available from:
  5. World Health Organization. Global status report on alcohol and health. 2014. Available from: