AstraZeneca and the Young Health Programme had another highly successful night at the awards – with the Young Health Programme winning not just the best Partnership for Health, Beauty and Pharmaceuticals, but also helping AstraZeneca to scoop the prestigious award for Business of the Year at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards in London.
The awards recognised both the close partnership between AstraZeneca and Plan International over the nine years of the programme and the role of AstraZeneca volunteers in countries as diverse as China, where they work to protect young people from air pollution, and Sweden where they mentor young people one-to-one.
They also reflected the sheer scale of the work, which has reached over 3 million people with health information about non-communicable diseases and their risk factors; and trained over 50,000 young people to be peer educators to deliver change in their school and communities, to date.
Fozia Irfan, chief executive at the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, and one of the judges, said that the YHP was ‘a very impressive and complex health project tackling deeply systemic issues. This is an international, multi-faceted programme, using academic knowledge, distributive partnerships and volunteers to try to bring about profound preventive change.’
This diversity and depth was particularly important for the Business of the Year Award which is given ‘for a business that has excelled in helping the wider community by embedding a culture of supporting charitable causes at all levels’.
This success follows hard on the heels of the YHP winning Community Investment of the Year at the Responsible Business Awards in London in 2018.