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

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.

The Partnership for Healthy Cities has expanded its support to cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. To access a wealth of tools and resources to support NCD and injury prevention, as well as your city’s COVID-19 response, visit the Cities for Health website.

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)

Reduce speeding

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