The Partnership for Healthy Cities is a prestigious global network of cities committed to saving lives by preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies, this initiative enables cities around the world to deliver a high-impact policy or programmatic intervention to reduce NCDs and injuries in their communities.
Healthy cities make for healthy countries, and León is willing to do its part not with force but with intelligence and care. I deeply appreciate the opportunity to join the Partnership for Healthy Cities, which is supporting us in generating a new culture of health that is genuinely pro-Mexico.
We are very honored to be involved with Bloomberg Philanthropies in the struggle to improve the quality of life for people in cities. We have found that Michael Bloomberg’s ideas are in sync with our plans to improve food hygiene and nutrition in the city of Ouagadougou.
According to our baseline survey, only 10% of Bengaluru’s population is protected from exposure to passive smoke. Perhaps the Partnership for Healthy Cities project in Bengaluru…will help to reduce this gap. It’s easier for cities to take action to address this than the country as a whole.
For Montevideo, the contribution of the Partnership is very beneficial: It gives us the ability to get the word out about recommendations on the prevention of NCDs, in our case hypertension.
Quito is a city that takes care of its inhabitants’ health. Now, with the Partnership for Healthy Cities, we are working to reduce the consumption of salt and sugar among children and adolescents, preventing chronic noncommunicable diseases. Our school canteens will encourage children to eat fruits and vegetables—in line with national regulations.
Each city receives support to implement one of 14 proven interventions to prevent noncommunicable diseases and injuries.
Create a smoke-free city
Introduce, pass and enforce legislation and regulations to make all indoor public places, workplaces and public transport 100% smoke-free
Ban tobacco advertising
Introduce, pass and enforce legislation and regulations establishing comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, including a ban on display at the point-of-sale
Raise tobacco taxes or levies/fees
Increase excise taxes and prices on tobacco products; or Increase subnational tobacco tax revenue
Tax sugary drinks
Adopt, implement and enforce effective taxation of sugary beverages
Set nutrition standards for foods served and sold in public institutions
Adopt, implement and enforce nutrition standards in public settings (e.g. schools, hospitals, childcare sites)
Regulate food and drink marketing
Adopt, implement and enforce restrictions on marketing sugary drinks and/or unhealthy foods
Create healthier restaurant environments
Adopt, implement and enforce foodservice policies
(e.g. calorie labelling, sodium labelling, trans fat ban)
Enhance and/or enforce speed limits; or Implement road designs that reduce speed and protect pedestrians
Increase motorcycle helmet use
Enhance and/or enforce laws mandating compulsory use of helmets while riding two-wheelers
Reduce drink driving
Enhance and/or enforce drink-driving traffic laws
Increase seat-belt use
Enhance and/or enforce laws mandating compulsory seat-belt use
Promote active mobility
Increase cycling via bike share programs and/or street design; or Implement Safe Routes to Schools
Prevent opioid-associated overdose deaths
Establish a naloxone distribution program; or Establish community-based harm reduction services (e.g., syringe exchange, drop-in center)
Enhance public health data
and monitoring systems
Conduct a population-based survey of risk factors for NCDs/injuries; or Conduct targeted air monitoring to identify important emissions sources and their impact on ambient air quality and health