Wherever they work in the world, AstraZeneca aim to make a positive impact in our local communities and collaborate to address the health issues that most affect people at a local, national and global level. Their Young Health Programme (YHP) embodies this belief. Through YHP they work to address the growing burden of non-communicable disease (NCDs) – conditions like type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart and respiratory disease. They do it with a unique focus on youth and primary prevention. Evidence shows that many NCDs are linked to behaviours that begin during adolescence: tobacco use, the harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity and unhealthy diets. Once behaviours are formed, they are difficult to break. Through YHP, they aim to engage and empower young people with information so that they can make healthy choices today that will lead to better health later in life.
But YHP is not just about health education. They also work with more than 30 partner organisations worldwide to put adolescent health on the healthcare agenda. They invest in research to generate new evidence that fills the gaps in their knowledge about adolescent health and risk behavior activity. And most importantly, they work to provide youth with a voice. They aim to place youth at the core of everything they do. Young people have a powerful voice in identifying their own health needs as well as planning and delivering solutions. As Alyssa Frampton, YHP Youth Ambassador and One Young World Ambassador says, “Not about us, without us.”
AstraZeneca are proud to provide charitable support to One Young World to engage more young people in their efforts to address the issue of adolescent health and disease prevention. They collaborated with One Young World to offer twenty scholarships to inspiring young leaders to attend the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia.