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Partnership for Healthy Cities

Each year, 45 million people die from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) — including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases — and injuries. The majority of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. A major focus of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health work is forestalling these unnecessary deaths and injuries.

Noncommunicable diseases account for 67% of deaths in low- and middle-income countries, but only 2% of global health funding addresses them


Source: IHME University of Washington, Financing Global Health 2017: Funding Universal Health Coverage and the Unfinished HIV/AIDS Agenda, Seattle, WA: IHME, 2018

In 2017, as part of his role as the World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries, Mike Bloomberg launched the Partnership for Healthy Cities, in partnership with the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies. Cities are now home to over half of the world’s population, and city leaders are uniquely positioned to drive policies and programs to help transform public health.

The partnership brings together 69 cities that have agreed to implement at least one proven policy to fight NCDs and injuries, increase awareness, and share best practices. More than 300 million people in these cities are living healthier, safer lives as a result of policies and programs supported through the Partnership for Healthy Cities.

Cities committed to saving lives by preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries with the Partnership for Healthy Cities

Vancouver, Canada
Toronto, Canada
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
Guadalajara, Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
Leon, Mexico
Kingston, Jamaica
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Medellin, Colombia
Bogota, Colombia
Cali, Colombia
Quito, Ecuador
Lima, Peru
Fortaleza, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
San Paulo, Brazil
Montevideo, Uruguay
Santiago, Chile
Helsinki, Finland
Birmingham, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Kyiv, Ukraine
Paris, France
Athens, Greece
Barcelona, Spain
Casablanca, Morocco
Tunis, Tunisia
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Dakar, Senegal
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Kumasi, Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Cape Town, South Africa
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Almaly, Kazakhstan
Seoul, South Korea
Istanbul, Turkey
Tokyo, Japan
Amman, Jordan
Hong Kong, China
Tianjin, China
Shenzhen, China
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Yangon, Myanmar
Muscat, Oman
Kigali, Rwanda
Ahmedabad, India
Bengaluru, India
Mumbai, India
Hanoi, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Quezon City, Philippines
Bangkok, Thailand
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kampala, Uganda
Jakarta, Indonesia
Bandung, Indonesia
Lusaka, Zambia
Harare, Zimbabwe
Melbourne, Australia

Proven Interventions

The Partnership for Healthy Cities supports 14 proven health interventions to prevent noncommunicable diseases and injuries:

  1. 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.
  2. Ban tobacco advertising: Introduce, pass, and enforce legislation and regulations establishing comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, including a ban of display at the point-of-sale.
  3. Raise tobacco taxes and levies/fees: Increase excise taxes and prices on tobacco; increase subnational tobacco tax revenue.
  4. Tax sugary drinks: Adopt, implement, and enforce effective taxation of sugary beverages.
  5. Set nutrition standards for foods served and sold in public institutions: Adopt, implement, and enforce nutrition standards in public settings (e.g., schools, hospitals, and childcare sites).
  6. Regulate food and drink marketing: Adopt, implement, and enforce restrictions on marketing sugary drinks and/or unhealthy foods.
  7. Create healthier restaurant environments: Adopt, implement, and enforce food-service policies (e.g., calorie labeling, sodium labeling, trans-fat ban).
  8. Reduce speeding: Enhance and/or enforce speed limit laws/regulations; implement road designs that reduce speed and protect pedestrians.
  9. Increase motorcycle helmet use: Enhance and/or enforce laws mandating compulsory use of helmets while riding 2-wheelers.
  10. Reduce drinking and driving: Enhance and/or enforce traffic laws related to drinking and driving.
  11. Increase seat belt use: Enhance and/or enforce laws mandating compulsory seat-belt use.
  12. Promote active mobility: Increase cycling via bike share programs and/or street design; implement Safe Routes to Schools.
  13. Prevent opioid-associated overdose deaths: Establish naloxone distribution programs or establish community-based harm reduction services (e.g., syringe exchange, drop-in center).
  14. Enhance public health data and monitoring systems: Conduct a population-based survey of risk factors for NCDs and injuries; conduct targeted air monitoring to identify important emissions sources and their impact on ambient air quality and health.

Top photo: Students in Bogotá, Colombia benefit from the city’s participation in the Partnership for Healthy Cities as it implements policies to encourage healthy eating.