Food Hygiene

Healthy Cities Programme in the WHO Western Pacific Region

  • Hisashi Ogawa

Healthy cities programme in the Western Pacific RegionPromotion & Education March 2002 9: 10-12,doi:10.1177/10253823020090010108

WHO Office forthe Western Pacific Region began itssupport for Healthy Cities projects indeveloping counties in 1994. When theWHO convened a regional consultationon Healthy Cities in October 1996 inBeijing, there were only five activeHealthy Cities projects in developingcountries of the Region. Three years laterin October 1999, when WHO conducted aregional workshop on Healthy Cities inMalacca, Malaysia, 25 more cities indeveloping countries had joined themovement. Lao People’s DemocraticRepublic, Malaysia, Mongolia, thePhilippines and Vietnam have designatednational coordinators for their HealthyCities programmes, and establishedcoordinating mechanisms in the form ofa committee or task force.This rapid expansion of Healthy Citiesinitiatives need to be adequatelydocumented and their experiencesshould be shared. We must know whathas succeeded and what has failed, sothat new Healthy Cities projects canreplicate successes and avoid pitfalls.WHO has, therefore, commissionedspecial studies, published case-studyreports, and developed technicalguidelines on Healthy Cities, based onthe experiences of the early HealthyCities projects. WHO has also convenedregional meetings, supported study toursand training courses, and developed andmaintained a regional database onHealthy Cities projects to facilitate theexchange of experiences


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