Access to healthcare

We want to help secure a future where all people have access to affordable, sustainable healthcare. This is critical for the prevention and early diagnosis of disease as well as to deliver life-changing treatments – for healthy people and a healthy society.

Our approach to Access to healthcare

We are committed to supporting society through some of its toughest challenges, working in collaboration with governments, academia, international organisations, regulators, and other stakeholders. Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on low and middle-income countries, is one example of our equitable access strategy in action.

We provide healthcare solutions across the patient care pathway - from prevention, raising awareness, diagnosis and treatment, to post-treatment support. 

Flagship partnerships

Young Health Programme 

Since 2010, our Young Health Programme has worked to help young people aged 10-24 take proactive control of their health, especially to combat long-term conditions like cancer, diabetes, respiratory and heart disease, and ill mental health – often called non-communicable diseases. Through research, advocacy, and our disease prevention schemes, we are helping young people make better health choices for brighter life chances. 

Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience

Launched in 2020 by AstraZeneca, the London School of Economics and the World Economic Forum, the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience (PHSSR) was motivated by a shared commitment to improving population health, through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.Following a successful pilot phase in 2021 which has delivered recommendations summarised here to make health systems more resilient and sustainable, PHSSR has expanded into 13 new countries plus a regional hub in the Central, Eastern Europe and Baltics Area (CEEBA).

Healthy Heart Africa

Our Healthy Heart Africa programme is committed to tackling hypertension and the increasing burden of cardiovascular disease across Africa. We are committed to reaching 10 million people with elevated blood pressure across Africa by 2025, working with local and global partners to train providers, increase education and awareness, and facilitate access to low-cost anti-hypertensives where applicable.            

Our ambition by 2025:

Reach 50 million

people (cumulatively) through our Healthy Heart Africa, Healthy Lung and Young Health Programme*

Train 170,000

healthcare workers (cumulatively) to strengthen health systems throughout the world through our Healthy Heart Africa, Healthy Lung and Young Health Programme*

Commit $35 million

from 2020 to expand our Young Health Programme across the globe*

Our achievements


healthcare workers trained since 2010*

+25 million

people reached through Access to Healthcare programmes including Healthy Heart Africa, Young Health Programme and Healthy Lung*

+10 million

people reached through our patient assistance programmes which help patients in financial difficulty gain access to our medications*

*as of December 2020, source: Sustainability Report