Healthy Cities

WHPA Health Improvement Card


Improving global health through positive changes in behaviour and lifestyle, to reduce the 36 million death burden from non-communicable diseases.

Published by: International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

The Power of Cities: Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases and Road Traffic Injuries


A new report by the World Health Organization offers guidance and tools for urban leaders to tackle some of the leading causes of death in cities. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, kill 41 million people worldwide every year, and road traffic crashes kill 1.35 million. From anti-tobacco actions in Beijing and Bogor, to road safety initiatives in Accra and Bangkok, a bike-sharing scheme in Fortaleza, and actions to create walkable streets for seniors that have reduced elderly pedestrian deaths by 16% in New York City, the report aims to share knowledge between urban policy planners.

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

Tanzania National Diabetes Program 2013-2017 End Term Evaluation


The National Diabetes Program was coordinated through the Ministry of Health under the NCD section and was directly placed under the National NCD steering committee. The rollout of NDP program was made to utilize the already existing health infrastructure to bring out comprehensive diabetes & other NCD services to the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care while also introducing; nutrition & counseling in the clinics, foot examination, eye screening component and establish linkages with the Reproductive & Child Health clinics to target gestational diabetes. Public private partnerships with (FBOs, Private, and other health care providers) together with appropriate and effective referral system were put in place. Community involvement was strengthened through creation of awareness and education session on prevention and control of NCD risk factors. This led to an increase in demand for NCD care and services in the country.

The overall aim of this evaluation was to inform the implementer on the project performance and specifically establish the veracity of project achievements on the set strategic objectives (Verification of performance by strategic objective), to determine project efficiency, effectiveness and independent attribution. It covers the period from the beginning of April 2012 to May 2017.

Published by: United Republic of Tanzania

Our right to health, our right to clean air: Improving air quality to address NCDs

Policy brief

This policy brief explores the impact of air pollution on health and address the air quality issue in the response to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). It also provides key actions that policy makers, NGOs and health professionals can take to ensure that every one can breathe clean air.

Published by: NCD Alliance

Inspiring Youth, Growing Change: Nurturing strong minds for a healthy community


The goal of this report is to document changes resulting from local projects from the youth in the project to the built environment. It also seeks to capture an understanding of themes that can inform future health promotion and youth development work.

Published by: Public Health Institute (PHI)

Noncommunicable Diseases and the 4 most common shared risk factors


This policy brief was adopted at the IFMSA General Assembly Meeting (March 2018) and highlights the most common shared risk factors for noncommunicable diseases. It also calls for government action on NCD control, management and prevention. 

Published by: International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

Indicator And Monitoring Framework For The Global Strategy For Women’s, Children’s And Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030)


This report presents the indicator and monitoring framework for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, (2016-2030) focusing on its Survive, Thrive and Transform objectives and 17 targets. It also details the selection process for the indicators and implications for monitoring, measurement, investments and reporting.

Published by: Every Woman Every Child

Child Protection in Emergencies


This briefing gives an overview of child protection in humanitarian action, including the global interagency minimum standards for child protection. It highlights the necessary actions and available tools to ensure child protection. 

Published by: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Act on Climate: California communities addressing climate change and health

Fact sheet

This report provides a series of case studies from communities across the state, demonstrating how local communities can incorporate climate change impacts and solutions into public health and strategies.

Published by: Public Health Institute (PHI)

A la pesca de un corazón fuerte


'To the catch of a strong heart' addresses the issue of fish with a cultural, social and nutritional focus. It provides information about the nutrients and benefits of fish for the human body, teaches recipes and forms of preparation, and addresses some myths that surround the marine world so that eating fish is more tasty, fun and safe.

Published by: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

¡A MOVERSE! Guía de actividad física



This physical activity guide seeks to be a reference document for the knowledge and application of concepts and recommendations, based on scientific evidence, on the benefits of being more active and less sedentary. It was developed with the support of the Pan American Health Organization.

Published by: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Guía alimentaria para la población uruguaya


The Food Guide for the Uruguayan population is an informative material that aims to promote a healthy, balanced and pleasurable diet. It was developed with the support of the Pan American Health Organization, UNICEF and FAO.

Published by: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Nutrition Knowledge Hub

By building the technical and functional capacities of all relevant staff at WHO through e-learning courses and key nutrition-related training and knowledge materials, the Nutrition Knowledge Hub aims to contribute to the acceleration and increase of the nutrition impact at the country level. The Nutrition Knowledge Hub also offers free and open courses to reach a larger public and raise awareness on the malnutrition problem and WHO’s response.

Published by: World Health Organization

Guidance Note On The Integration Of Noncommunicable Diseases Into The United Nations Development Assistance Framework


The purpose of this publication is to provide guidance on how to integrate NCDs into the UNDAF.1 The guidance is in line with the "WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020" and other relevant global, regional and national mandates and frameworks.

Published by: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Clear the air for children

A study on the impact of air pollution on children. The study found that around 300 million children currently live in areas where outdoor air pollution exceeds internation guidelines by at least six times. 

Published by: United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

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