We work with young people to ensure local care meets their needs while providing resources like taps and latrines that are vital for staying healthy.

As young people can be particularly vulnerable to poverty-related illnesses like HIV, cholera and malaria, we help them improve their knowledge, attitudes and behaviour around health. This helps them stay healthy, so they are able to support themselves and their families.

We know that young people can find it difficult to overcome the psychological effects of conflict, poverty and other types of instability, and provide counselling alongside other training in fragile places. Working with local YMCAs and other youth organisations, young people see their wellbeing improve so they can become economically active.

Explore what we do in Health and wellbeing

It’s the simple things

Sierra Leone

the Y Care International water tank in the Freetown slum community in Sierra Leone was part funded by the YMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

Finding solutions for slum communities

Sierra Leone

Health and wellbeing

“My message to world leaders is health is wealth”

Liberia

Bill addresses a workshop at Habitat III.

Health and wellbeing

Hundreds graduate with enterprise and employability skills

Liberia

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

Young women fight back against violence in Zambia’s slums

Zambia

At Zambia YMCA's safe spaces, young women can talk about issues affecting them, train in skills to find a job, and learn to save money so they can lead independent lives free from violence. Photo: Leila Varley/YCI

Health and wellbeing

Charlbury Beer Festival donates to help young Colombians

Colombia

Young people in Bosa, Colombia are learning new skills to start businesses, earn and income and step away from a life of violence. Photo: Elena Marin-Yanez/YCI

Health and wellbeing, Enterprise & Employability

Young people are learning their human rights in the face of violence

Guatemala

We're helping young people to learn about their rights and step away from violence. Photo: YCI

Health and wellbeing

Just how do safe and clean toilets change the world’s poorest communities?

Liberia

Y Care International has been working with the Liberia YMCA and the communities to build latrines to reduce the risk of illness in West Point slum. Photo/Ahmed Jallanzo

Health and wellbeing

Young people across Africa take action to make slums safer

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

Young people in slums are accessing clean water and sanitation, receiving training to find jobs and learning skills to have a greater voice in decisions that affect their lives.

Health and wellbeing

Slum evictions In Togo: how young people are speaking out

Togo

Young people and their families in the Gbenyedzi are being supported by their local YMCA to speak out against slum evictions. Photo: Rehana Merali/YCI

Health and wellbeing

Young volunteers help protect families from floods in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

International Citizen Service help the local community to prepare for disasters and support teaching at non-formal primary schools.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

Celebrating Fathers at YMCAs around the world

Guatemala, Liberia, Palestine

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

Keeping young people safe from harm

Colombia, UK & Ireland

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

Togo trip diary: removing barriers to healthcare Part 2

Togo

Young hairdressing apprentices who have been supported by Togo YMCA to learn about neglected health issues in their communities. Photo: Togo YMCA

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice

Togo trip diary: removing barriers to healthcare Part 1

Togo

Me with the the peer health educators who trained at Togo YMCA. With their help thousands of young people have a better understanding of their health choices. Photo: Togo YMCA

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice