About The Programme
The economic crisis in Spain is impacting the health and well-being of young people, with obesity, drug use and other negative health issues on the increase.
The Young Health Programme in Spain is focused on helping to improve the lives of young people in Madrid, enabling them to integrate successfully into society, by focusing on three areas of intervention; sexual education, healthy eating habits and prevention of drug addiction.
The Programme is a partnership with the Balia Foundation for Children
What activities are taking place locally?
Workshops in schools and the community, with supporting educational resources that focus on different topics for example:
- Building adolescents’ self-esteem and educating adolescents about their physical and emotional development
- Developing the foundations of basic health, for example, tooth brushing and general hygiene
- Teaching families about the importance of a good diet and providing nutritional advice
- Preventing drug addiction
Volunteering and fundraising activities by AstraZeneca employees, for example, providing input to educational talks to adolescents and families about drug addiction prevention and arranging specific activities for young people at Christmas.
What did we want to achieve through the Programme?
Promote health education in families and develop social and personal skills among adolescents
- Develop resources and educational materials that help develop positive sexual relationships and help prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases
- Through education, encourage adolescents to adopt a healthy lifestyle with healthy eating habits
- Provide resources to educate adolescents and their families about drug addiction
young people reached through the programme
between 3 and 12 years old
aged between 13 and 18
working closely and offered even more focused support and assistance
Our Local Partner
Balia Foundation for Children Founded in 2001, the Balia Foundation is a non-profit organisation committed to the comprehensive development of children and young people at risk of social exclusion. Its mission is to promote the social inclusion of disadvantaged minors and establish itself in underprivileged communities in Spain.
The Balia Foundation puts into practice pedagogical projects which prevent abandonment and isolation, fight school failure and strengthen education of values, offering guidelines of conduct that can be learned and which allow children to grow as integrated adults