AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme combines on the ground programmes with research and advocacy.

It is designed with the flexibility to work with local partners to identify non-communicable disease risk behaviours of young people in local communities and put tailored programmes in place that will help improve their future health and life chances. A particular focus is placed on working with marginalised young people.

All our country programmes

The Programme has now reached over 1.6 young people and more than 12,600 health workers in 21 countries, across five continents, making a positive impact on healthcare services provided for young people around the world.

The areas of focus for the local programmes vary from country to country and each programme is at a different stage of implementation depending on when it launched and its agreed period of duration.


Strengthening licensing and road safety services in communities that have a high density of Indigenous young people.


Educating young people around sexual and reproductive health, tobacco use, alcohol abuse, drugs and other health issues in the Maranhão state.


Improving the emotional and mental well-being of vulnerable adolescents.


Improving the ability of young people to protect themselves from environmental harm caused by water and air pollution.


Focusing on socially vulnerable adolescents who have unhealthy life styles with limited opportunities to participate in sporting activities.


Improving the health of adolescents living on the streets.


Focusing on hygiene, infection and reproductive health, prevention of tobacco use, alcohol abuse and unhealthy diet in five settlement areas around Delhi.


Reducing the risk behaviours which can lead to NCDs, as well as those which damage adolescents' sexual and reproductive health (ASRH).


Focusing on mental health and suicide prevention.


Helping young homeless people improve their overall health.


Helping families of undocumented immigrants living in Oslo gain access to health services and information.


Promoting mental health and healthy life styles of pre-teens.


Focusing on cardiovascular risk prevention in young people.


Addressing the risk and protective factors of marginalised adolescents to reduce their chances of developing NCDs in later life focusing on sport as a key tool to prevent and fight unhealthy habits.


Focusing on sexual education, healthy eating habits and promotion of physical activity in primary and secondary schools to help prevent cardiovascular disease.


Improving mental well-being among young people. More than 1 million teens reached through YHP health information programmes and outreach.


Improving communication and social skills amongst adolescents to help them avoid violence.


Helping homeless young people improve their mental and physical health.


Promoting positive youth development by encouraging the healthy behaviours that help young people achieve academic success.


Addressing issues around sexual and reproductive health.

This section contains the real life accounts of young people who have benefited from AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme.

AstraZeneca has obtained the written consent of each young person and/or, where necessary, their parents or legal guardians, in order use their story and/or photograph on this site. Measures have been taken to protect the identities of the young people whose stories are featured on this site.

Explore our other sections

  • Research

    Filling the gaps in evidence to support a call for prevention programming

  • Advocacy

    Working globally and locally to put adolescent health on the policy agenda

  • About

    Find out about YHP and why the programme came about