Climate change and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are two defining challenges of the 21st century, each posing significant threats to health and sustainable development. Globally, air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths each year, including more than 5 million caused by NCDs related to air pollution. This makes air pollution the second leading cause of death from NCDs. The WHO estimates that 9 out of 10 people breathe air that exceeds WHO guideline limits and contains high levels of pollutants, with low- and middle-income countries suffering from the highest exposures.
Worldwide, 1.8 billion people under the age of 15 breathe air that is so polluted that it risks their health and development. Children and young people are more affected by air pollution than adults, and long-term exposure to air pollution can lead to changes in brain structure which may disrupt learning and cognition. Along with harming human health, air pollution can cause a variety of environmental effects which exacerbates climate change, contaminate ecosystems, and kills plants and animals.
For this Challenge, one young world is seeking innovative, youth-led projects which tackle the causes of air pollution and focus on the long-term health of young people. They are looking for:
- Projects which focus on individual behavior change, new technologies, or multi-stakeholder advocacy approaches to change laws/policies.
- Sustainable solutions which can be scaled up to be implemented in other communities
- Projects should focus on cities or communities with high levels of air pollution or pollution-related illness. A preference will be given to projects which operate in a low- or lower-middle-income country or setting.
- Projects should be youth-led, where young people (30 and under) are involved in the design or delivery of the initiative, and where the long-term health of young people is at the heart of the solution.
- Projects should also focus equally on tackling air pollution (indoor or outdoor) and its link to long-term health.
- Projects with a focus on the health of women and girls are preferred.
- A US$50,000 grant from AstraZeneca Young Health Programme.
- 12 months of mentorship from a team of AstraZeneca Young Health Programme professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organization, such as:
- Business strategy
- Best practices for data collection
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Product design
- Participation in the One Young World Summit 2023 in Belfast. Flights and accommodation included.
- The opportunity to join AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme (YHP) Alumni Group. The YHP Alumni Group offers learning and development opportunities and networking between Grantees as well as young leaders who have received YHP Scholarships. In the past, Alumni Members have been offered mini-MBA programs, opportunities to share their work with global audiences, and masterclasses on fundraising and digital skills to build effective health promotion programmes.
- Visibility and promotion by AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme and the One Young World team.
- This Lead2030 Challenge will be supported by AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme. To be eligible for this grant, the funding must be payable to a registered non-profit organization that is accountable for delivering the project.
- Projects cannot incorporate treatment of medical conditions or the promotion or prescription of medicines but should instead focus on the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors and the prevention of disease.
Use this link to go to the application form:
Application Deadline: November 30, 2022Application ClosedOfficial link