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Partnership for Healthy Cities

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.

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Vital Strategies is proud to be the implementing partner of the Partnership for Healthy Cities, an initiative co-sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization (WHO) that enables 54 cities around the world to deliver a smart, proven intervention of their own choice to prevent NCDs and injuries.

Our Approach

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 54 cities around the world.

The Partnership formally launched on 16 May 2017. Membership now stands at 54 cities, spanning from Cape Town to London, San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City. Bloomberg Philanthropies, WHO and Vital Strategies are providing these cities with expert technical assistance, as needed; a $100,000 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, on 27 September 2018.

Participating cities

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