The Young Health Programme (YHP) was founded in 2010 by AstraZeneca in partnership with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Plan International. Since that time, we have added new collaborations with global and local NGOs to conduct research and evidence generation, to deliver on-the-ground programming and to advocate for change. Today, the YHP is delivered in collaboration with more than 30 expert organisations from around the world.

Our founding partners

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), based in Baltimore USA, is the oldest and largest school of public health in the world.

The School has over 20 years of experience around international adolescent health research and program development as well as an equal number of years collaborating with international organizations on global adolescent health issues. During this period of time, the School has built a network of collaborating partners from sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, China, the Southern Cone of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health (PFRH) at JHSPH, in conjunction with the Center for Adolescent Health and the Urban Health Institute, serves as the Thought Leader for the YHP. This involves advisory support and strategic consultation, scientific research on youth health and advocacy for better provision of health information and services for young people.

The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health (PFRH) faculty, led by Professor Robert Wm. Blum, MD, MPH, PhD, William H. Gates, Sr.Professor and Chair of the Department, have been instrumental in defining the trends and social consequences, globally, for youth health. The Center for Adolescent Health, led by Dr. Freya Sonenstein, has been in the forefront of assisting urban youth in developing healthy adult lifestyles.

Plan International (Plan)

Plan is a global children’s charity and has been working for over 70 years taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential.

Plan works in 50 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas working with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future. Last year, Plan’s work reached over 27 million children and their families in 66,886 communities.

Plan’s partnership approach, working with young people, is known as Child-Centred Community Development (CCCD). They focus on children’s rights, engaging and empowering young people so they, families and whole communities are active and have a say in their own development.

Using assessment criteria such as infant and maternal mortality rates, the country’s wealth, government stability and willingness to work in collaboration to improve children’s lives, Plan ensures its work is undertaken in the areas of greatest need and where it can have the greatest impact. As a result over 11 million children and young people around the world benefit from Plan’s work.

Plan is a powerful advocate for change, encouraging children and young people to take part in decision making, from village councils to national assemblies and campaigning to change the way a whole range of adults - from parents to politicians - think and act.

Our research collaborators

The Population Reference Bureau

Since its founding in 1929, the Population Reference Bureau has been the leader in providing timely, objective information on population and health trends and their implications to audiences around the world.

PRB has a valuable, carefully sustained reputation for unbiased analysis and clear presentation. PRB’s print and electronic publications present the latest data and research results in language and formats that non-specialists can understand and use, while still being true to the scientific basis of the material.

PRB employs a full range of approaches to communicate information: award-winning websites; highly regarded print publications and reports; policy briefs and fact sheets, data sheets, infographics, and multimedia presentations. PRB also trains others to communicate research results more effectively. The material on the website – or distributed in print – reaches policymakers, media, teachers, students and others interested in population topics. The website alone receives more than 1.5 million visitors a year.

The YHP has providing funding to PRB to support the delivery of research reports on NCD risk factors and adolescents.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a science-based university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines.

Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.

The YHP has provided funding to Imperial College to conduct an analysis of past trends to help predict future trends as they relate to NCD mortality and adolescent risk behaviours.

Our advocacy collaborators

NCD Child

NCD Child is a global multi-stakeholder coalition championing the rights and needs of children, adolescents, and young people living with or are at risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The main goals of NCD Child are to advocate for inclusion of children, adolescents, and young people in the global NCD agenda; promote prevention, treatment, and management of NCDs in young people; and support inclusion of youth and family voices in global and country planning for addressing NCDs.

The YHP has provided funding support to NCD Child to deliver a series of workshops to engage national child health leaders, youth-serving NGOs, youth, and governments as champions for inclusion of children and youth in the NCD agenda and in the Sustainable Developmental Goals.

Public Health Institute

The Public Health Institute is dedicated to improving health and wellness by discovering new research, strengthening key partnership and programs, and advancing sound health policies.

Rise Up is fiscally sponsored by PHI and advances health, education, and equity by enabling girls, youth, and women to transform their own lives, communities, and countries. Rise Up invests in visionary leaders, local organizations, and innovative solutions to achieve large-scale change in 14 countries across Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the US. Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women, and advocated for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people globally.

Our local country partners

YHP works with over 20 partners in countries around the world, across research and evidence generation, advocacy and country programme implementation.