31 Oct, 2019

World Health Organisation cities report and London’s City Hall early years initiative

With a growing majority of the world’s people living in urban areas, cities have a crucial role to play in ensuring the health and safety of people worldwide. London joined the Partnership for Healthy Cities in 2017 as one of 54 cities around the world whose mayors are taking leadership on combatting noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases—and injuries.  The Partnership for Healthy Cities, which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Vital Strategies, enables cities around the world to deliver a high-impact policy or programmatic intervention to reduce NCD risk factors or injuries in their communities.

London is committed to giving every child a healthy start in life, and we are pleased that, as part of the Partnership, Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping to fund an Evaluation of Healthy Early Years London due to complete December 2019.  Early Years settings are vital in laying the foundations for lifelong health and wellbeing. The Healthy Early Years London programme has now been adopted by nearly 1,500 settings across the capital, with the aim of eventually reaching all settings.

See the New World Health Organization Cities Report

See the London’s City Hall EY initiative