Youth and Noncommunicable Diseases

The Youth and NCDs Data Center provides prevalence data among youth on the key risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)—tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity—as well as data on some mental health indicators for youth. The data can be viewed in map, tabular, trend line and bar chart formats by country, gender, and age or age groups.

This insights feature explains why focusing on youth is key to curbing the growing NCD epidemic around the world. It describes the key NCD risk factors among youth using maps and graphs featuring different risk factors. It also offers several recommendations on how to address the risk factors among youth.


The Youth and NCDs Data Center and related analytical work were funded by the AstraZeneca Young Health Programme (YHP). YHP is a disease prevention programme with a unique focus on adolescents. It was founded in partnership with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Plan International, with local NGO partners implementing YHP programs on the ground. The YHP mission is to positively impact the health of adolescents in marginalized communities worldwide through research, advocacy, and on-the-ground programs focused on NCD prevention.

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