Connecting and Empowering Young People
Our programmes are run with local partners and are focused on empowering young girls and boys to practice healthy behaviours and promoting gender equality.
The objectives of the Young Health Programme include:
- Increasing public health service uptake by adolescents
- Increasing health awareness amongst adolescents
- Strengthening health service delivery to be more youth-friendly and accessible to adolescents
The Young Health Programme uses peer-to-peer education as the main strategy to build young people’s capabilities. Once young people are trained, the peer educators share what they have learned with other young people and wider community members including parents, teachers and health workers.
Young people also become advocates for health and use their voice to influence government services and policies. We champion the prioritisation of young people’s health and the inclusion of NCD prevention in global policies and programmes.
During 2010-2015 our programmes in slum resettlement communities in Delhi, north-eastern Brazil, and Zambia reached over 300,000 young people and trained nearly 3,000 young people as peer educators. From 2015 we have continued to work in Delhi and launched new programmes in Kibera, Nairobi, and São Paulo, Brazil.
In 2016, our work in Delhi won an award for Best Practices in Corporate Responsibility at the National HRD Network Conference.
Why the programme is needed
In Kibera, Kenya
In Delhi, India
In São Paulo, Brazil
Advocating for Health
“I came along to the Health Information Centre with my friend, who was a regular visitor. My friend told me that at the centre, children are taught about health issues and various activities are organised.
"Over the past nine months, I have been very involved in the Young Health Programme taking part in various activities like rallies, role-play, community meetings, sessions conducted on various health issues like junk food, harmful use of substances, anaemia awareness camp, menstrual camp and peer educator training.
"After learning about the programme, I have tried to convince other children to come to the centre, so that they can learn about their own health.”