Young Health Program

Improving the health of 10–19 year olds, however, has failed to capture health policy and programming attention, and there has been a historical shortage of adequate data and analysis on this diverse group. Not only have adolescent health improvements lagged behind the improvements experienced among younger children over the past 50 years, but many more children have survived into adolescence as a result of these early childhood health interventions.

Young Health Program

The approach of the Young Health Program (YHP), a partnership between AstraZeneca, Plan International and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is centered on the principle that in order to promote adolescent health, both programs and policy need to meaningfully engage the voices and perspectives of adolescents.

At a country level, the Youth Health Program works with local partners to identify communities’ most urgent health needs and put tailored programs in place that will improve outcomes for young people. Using the Wellbeing of Adolescents in Vulnerable Environments (WAVE) study designed by Johns Hopkins, designed to understand the factors that facilitate and hinder disadvantaged adolescents from obtaining the resources they need to secure good health YHP advocacy works to ensure adolescents are included in the global policies that affect them.

Young Health Program partners across 16 countries in the global north and south are addressing some of the most pressing health issues affecting young people by developing rights-based programs that involve innovative participation and engagement strategies to bring youth into the heart of the issues and their solutions.

The program is based upon three core components:

  • A global framework, delivering local benefits
  • Building our understanding and knowledge through research
  • Making a measurable, sustainable difference

Partnership objectives:

  • Give adolescents a stronger voice to ensure that health policies and interventions address their needs.
  • Take a holistic approach to adolescent health strategies and programmes, with adolescents at the center.
  • Focus on the importance of health promotion an disease prevention when approaching adolescent health issues.
  • Ensure adolescents have greater prominence in future global health goals and programing.


  • AstraZeneca

    Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven, integrated biopharmaceutical company with the primary focus to discover, develop and commercialize prescription medicines for six important areas of...

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is dedicated to the education of a diverse group of research scientists and public health professionals, a process inseparably linked to the...

  • Plan International

    Implementing NGO
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Founded over 70 years ago, Plan is an international development agencies in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas and raise funds in 21 countries.

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Key Information

LocationLatin America and Caribbean, Southern Africa, East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Eastern Europe
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2015
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