When mayors and local leaders help their citizens live healthier and safer lives, cities are more prosperous.

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.

A leader in public health

Michael R. Bloomberg The Partnership for Healthy cities is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and headed by Michael R. Bloomberg, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases.
Michael R. Bloomberg
Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, and three-term mayor of New York City

Participating cities

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Shanghai, China
  • Tianjin, China
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Cali, Colombia
  • Medellín, Colombia
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Accra, Ghana
  • Ahmedabad, India
  • Bangalore, India
  • Mumbai, India
  • Bandung, Indonesia
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Kingston, Jamaica
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Guadalajara, Mexico
  • León, Mexico
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Quezon City, Philippines
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Kiev, Ukraine
  • London, UK
  • Boston, United States
  • Chicago, United States
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • San Francisco, United States
  • Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

High-impact local actions

Each city will receive support to implement one of ten proven interventions to prevent noncommunicable diseases and injuries.

  • Create a smoke-free city

    Protect people from second-hand smoke through the introduction, passage, and enforcement of legislation that makes all public places 100% smoke-free.

  • Ban tobacco advertising

    Initiate or implement law establishing comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.

  • Reduce sugary drink consumption

    Sugary drink consumption is a leading cause of obesity. Establish taxes on the production or sale of sugary drinks, or establish and implement policies to reduce sugary drink consumption.

  • Healthy food for all

    High salt intake is a leading cause of raised blood pressure. Implement key components of the evidence-based WHO SHAKE package for salt reduction.

  • Create walkable, bikeable, livable streets

    City streets should be safe for all road users. Implement street designs that protect pedestrians and bicyclists, and promote walking and cycling.

  • Reduce drink driving

    Increase enforcement of drink driving laws. For cities in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety “(BIGRS),” expand current activities.

  • Cleaner fuels for cleaner indoor air

    Smoke from burning wood, dung, or charcoal for cooking and heating is an important contributor to lung and heart disease. Create access to cleaner fuels, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG).

  • Reduce speeding

    Establish lower speed limits or increase enforcement of existing speed limits. For cities in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety “(BIGRS),” expand current activities.

  • Increase seat-belt and helmet use

    Increase enforcement of seat-belt and 2-wheeler helmet use. For cities in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety “(BIGRS)”, expand current activities.

  • Monitor NCD risk factors

    Conduct a population-based survey of behavioral risk factors for noncommunicable diseases, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, eating habits, and physical activity.

Partners

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