A global network
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 WHO, as well as Vital Strategies, this initiative will enable cities around the world to deliver a high-impact policy or programmatic intervention to reduce NCD risk factors in their communities.
Noncommunicable diseases (including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases) and injuries are responsible for 44 million deaths per year, or 80% of all deaths worldwide. The majority of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, and many of them are preventable if proven solutions are put into place.
With over half of the world’s population now living in urban settings, cities are uniquely placed to transform the fight against noncommunicable diseases and injuries. Mayors and local leaders have the power to improve the health of their citizens and prepare cities to thrive in the 21st century.