Commitment to Action

Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases in Young People

Commitment by

AstraZeneca PLC

In 2011, AstraZeneca, in partnership with Plan International and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, committed to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in young people through research, high level advocacy, education and health-skills training. Over half of deaths related to NCDs are associated with behaviors that begin or are reinforced during youth, but adolescents are rarely on the agenda when issues of NCDs are being discussed. To address this gap, the Young Health Program(YHP) partners committed to 1) advocate for policies and programs that address the connection between youth and NCDs over the next decade; 2) develop on the ground community programs that address locally-pertinent health issues and risk factors for NCDs; and 3) improve scientific research on the health needs of the most disadvantaged youth to address behaviors that have a direct impact on the later development of NCDs.





Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases in Young People



Est. Duration

4 years

Estimated Total Value



Asia, Europe, Northern America, Africa, Latin America & Caribbean


Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, Zambia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Norway, United States of America, United Kingdom, Romania

Commitment by

AstraZeneca PLC


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Plan International