Young Health Programme Colombia


Three urban localities in the city of Bogotá: Fontibón, Engativá and Suba.


2021 - 2025

The context

According to the World Health Organisation, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for 75% of all deaths in Colombia, with a 16% risk of premature death between 30 and 70 years. Cardiovascular diseases and cancers are the leading cause of death, accounting for 30% and 20% respectively1.

Our objectives

Improve the health and well-being of young people by increasing their knowledge on NCD prevention, increasing their capacity to make informed decisions about their health, improving health services and advocating for a supportive policy environment for young people.

The direct beneficiaries of the programme are 64,340 young people aged 10-24 and over 2,000 teachers, parents, health professionals and government and civil society stakeholders from the targeted localities in Bogotá, who will be reached through working with schools, families, health facilities and other community structures.

An additional 390,000 young people aged 10-24 and 1,000,000 members of the wider community will be reached indirectly through campaigns, events and other YHP awareness raising activities in Bogotá. 

Our programme

1. Empower young people through building knowledge and skills on NCD prevention, enabling them to take informed decisions about their health, using peer education and community outreach.    

2. Mobilise communities including schools, families and community stakeholders on NCD prevention and the broader health of young people, to create a supportive and enabling environment for young people.

3. Strengthen health services to meet the needs of young people.

4. Advocate for a policy environment that supports NCD prevention and promotes the broader health of young people.


Our partners

Plan International Colombia implements YHP interventions in the targeted localities in close collaboration with several civil society and government stakeholders to optimise impact and sustainability.

1. WHO, 2018, Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2018: Colombia. Available at accessed January 2021