|A long-term urban health and development initiative, which aims to improve the health and well being of people living and working in cities. It is based on a number of key principles: that health should be an integral part of settlements management and development; that health can be improved by modifying the physical, social and economic environment; that conditions in settings such as the home, school, village, workplace, and city profoundly influence health status, and that intersectoral coordination for health is necessary at the local level.
Healthy City programs help countries to make healthy and improved living conditions a major goal.
Healthy City is a place where human beings enjoy:
- Sound healthy conditions
- Good working and living conditions
- An environment which is free of all types of pollution
- Bright, well ventilated homes, with access to clean water.
- Recreational facilities for adults and children
- A community which maintains common social values
|The Healthy Cities concept is rapidly expanding in the communities of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region and has generated keen interest.
Since the start of the Program in 1990, a number of cities have initiated and developed the Healthy Cities project.
To support and enhance the keen interest and to strengthen the national healthy cities actions, WHO Regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) has provided support for all activities.