The inaugural Partnership for Healthy Cities (PHC) Summit, held on March 15 in London, convened mayors and officials from more than 50 cities across the globe to discuss proven interventions to prevent noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, and the best practices that save lives and create healthier cities.
Noncommunicable diseases – including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases – and injuries are responsible for 80% of all deaths globally. With the majority of the world’s population now living in urban settings, cities and their leaders are uniquely positioned to transform the fight against NCDs and injuries and reduce preventable deaths by implementing policies that are proven to prevent exposure to risk factors.
Since the Partnership for Healthy Cities was founded in 2017, members of the 70-city global network have been implementing partnership-supported projects and pursuing stronger public health policies in a number of areas, including tobacco control, food policy, road safety, strengthening surveillance of NCDs and overdose prevention.
The Summit is hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, World Health Organization, Vital Strategies, and Mayor Sadiq Khan of London.