The Dala, Hlaingtharya, Hmawbi, Kawhmu, Mingaladon and Thanlyin townships of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.


2019 – 2020

The Context

The 2014 STEPS survey showed that Myanmar has the greatest burden of disease per capita from NCDs of all low or middle- income countries in South-East Asia. The prevalence of diabetes exceeds the global average.

These Yangon townships are very varied in character from semi-rural to urban providing a range of health challenges.

Our Objectives

Contribute to the improved health and well-being of young people; increase their knowledge of risk factors and NCD prevention, increase their capacity to make informed decisions about their health, contribute to improving health services, policy and support for young people.

The direct beneficiaries of the programme are 40,638 young people aged 10-24 living in the six Yangon townships, who will be reached through work with schools, universities, health facilities, parents, community leaders, government stakeholders and members of the wider community.

An additional 500,000 indirect beneficiaries will be reached through wider awareness raising activities. 

Our Programme

1.     Empower young people through building knowledge and skills on NCD risk factors, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and mental health. Enabling them to take informed decisions about their own health. Using peer education and outreach.    

2.     Mobilise communities by increasing schools, families and community leaders’ knowledge on NCD prevention and the broader health needs of young people to create buy-in and support to facilitate change.  

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

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

Our Partners

Plan International Myanmar directly implements YHP interventions in the targeted townships, and closely collaborates with government and civil society stakeholders to optimise impact and sustainability