With over half the global population now living in urban settings, cities and their leaders play a critical role in developing, implementing and enforcing policies to create healthy environments for healthier populations.
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries kill almost 46 million people globally each year. Together they are responsible for 80% of global deaths.
The Partnership for Healthy Cities, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Vital Strategies, is a global network of 70 cities whose leaders have committed to prevent NCDs—including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and chronic lung disease—and injuries through proven interventions.
In March 2020, the Partnership expanded its scope to provide immediate assistance in the urban response to COVID-19. By collaborating with WHO and Resolve to Save Lives, the Partnership enlisted the world’s leading experts on epidemic prevention. The COVID-19 response work focuses on technical and financial assistance and practical resources geared toward challenges every city is facing, ranging from maintaining city services to managing risk communications and implementing legal guidance on measures that protect health and safety.
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
Click on cities to learn about their work. More to come!