Since the Young Health Programme started in 2010, non-communicable diseases have risen swiftly up the global health agenda. In 2013 the World Health Organisation endorsed a global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs, which included ‘best buys’ or the most cost-effective actions that countries can take to combat NCDs.
The importance of addressing adolescence in this is being increasingly recognised – with the Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases 2014 including several sections specifically focusing on adolescents..
We work with a wide range of NGO partners to raise the profile of the specific needs of adolescents. We provided funding support for policy report Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Adolescents, produced in partnership with the NCD Alliance, UNICEF, Plan International and others, that outlines this need to urgently tackle the drivers of ill-health that are established in childhood and adolescence.
We are committed to ensuring that the genuine voices of young people are heard in policy discussions and we work with One Young World to inspire and encourage young people from our programmes to become leaders through our global scholarship programme. We also work with NCD Child to bring youth leadership and expert knowledge to global debates on NCD policy, and to share their experiences and insights. We do this through seminars and workshops that bring young people, often with specialist knowledge of our programmes, together - and equip them for global and local advocacy.
Globally, the YHP participates in health policy platforms and champions the prioritisation of adolescent health and the inclusion of NCD prevention in global policies and programmes.
These platforms have included the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs ; and side events at the World Health Assembly and UN General Assembly.
The YHP was also invited to lead the Clinton Global Initiative’s NCD Action Network Meetings in 2014 and 2015.
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Filling the gaps in evidence to support a call for prevention programming
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