Young Health Programme India (phase 3)


Five resettlement communities in North West Delhi - Bawana, Jahangirpuri, Sultanpuri, Kirari Suleman Nagar and Holambi villages.


Phase III 2016 – 2021

The context

According to the WHO, NCDs account for an estimated 63% of all deaths in India and there is a 23% risk of premature death between 30 and 70 years from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases are the most prevalent causes of death, accounting for 27% and 11% respectively.1

The resettlement communities were identified as areas with high levels of poverty and poor sanitation. Young people in these areas tend to end schooling early, and education tends to favour male children.

The YHP works with marginalised and disadvantaged young people aged 10-24.

Our objectives

  • To contribute to the improved health and well-being of girls and boys aged 10-24, by ensuring that they practise fewer NCD risk behaviours including tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity - as the result of an increased capacity to make informed choices about their health
  • To work to improve health services and develop an enabling support system and policy environment.

Our programme

  1.  Empowering 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.  Mobilising communities including schools, families and community leaders on NCD prevention and the broader   health of young people, to create a supportive and enabling environment for young people
  3.  Strengthening health services to meet the needs of young people.
  4.  Advocating for a policy environment that supports NCD prevention and promotes the broader health of young   people.

Our partners

Plan International India is responsible for the overall implementation of the programme, and is supported by the following community-based organisations:

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

Nav Srishti focuses on education, vocational training, child-centred community development, and child protection, working with the active involvement of women and young people and by collaborating with State and National level civil society organisations.

Dr. A.V. Baliga Memorial Trust focuses on livelihood promotion, child rights and protection, education, health, and the empowerment of youth and women in slums and resettlement colonies of Delhi.