Noncommunicable diseases and injuries cause nearly 80% of deaths around the world today.. With over half the world’s population now living in cities, bold actions by local leaders to improve public health policy and practice—from serving healthier foods in schools to eliminating tobacco smoke from public places or building cycle lanes—can save countless lives.
Vital Strategies is proud to be the implementing partner of the Partnership for Healthy Cities, a new initiative co-sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization (WHO) that enables 50 cities around the world to deliver a smart, proven intervention of their own choice to prevent NCDs and injuries.
In August 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) nominated philanthropist and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases. As part of this role, Mr. Bloomberg is supporting efforts to close the gap between global policy and local action. A centerpiece of this effort is the Partnership for Healthy Cities, the first global network to engage Mayors directly to accelerate NCD- and injury-prevention efforts in their cities.
The Partnership for Healthy Cities is a prestigious global network of 50 cities from around the world.
The Partnership formally launched on 16 May 2016 with over 40 cities formally signed on. Membership now stands at 50 cities, spanning from Cape Town to London, San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City. Over the next 18 months, Bloomberg Philanthropies, WHO and Vital Strategies will provide these cities with expert technical assistance, as needed; a $100,000 USD seed grant to support their activities; and communication support to bring visibility to the cities, to their Mayors and to cutting edge work in NCD and injury prevention.
Progress made by the cities in the Partnership will be highlighted at the third United Nations High-level Meeting on noncommunicable diseases in New York, anticipated to take place in September 2018.
Learn more at partnershipforhealthycities.bloomberg.org