Health Organization - Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
“Urbanization and health”
The World Health Organization in Lebanon is preparing for the World Health Day 2010 with the theme “Urbanization and Health ". The theme was selected in recognition of the effect urbanization has on our collective health globally and for us all individually.
Virtually all population growth over the next 30 years will be in urban areas, signaling that urbanization is here to stay. It is associated with many health challenges related to water, environment, violence and injury, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol as well as the risks associated with disease outbreaks. Urbanization is a challenge for several reasons.
Urban planning can promote
healthy behaviours and safety through investment in active transport,
designing areas to promote physical activity and passing regulatory
controls on tobacco and food safety. Improving urban living conditions
in the areas of housing, water and sanitation will go a long way to
mitigating health risks. Such actions do not necessarily require
additional funding, but commitment to redirect resources to priority
interventions, thereby achieving greater efficiency.
World Health Day 2010 campaign: 1000 Cities, 1000 Lives
World Health Day is one of WHO's most visible opportunities to raise awareness of global health priorities. This year, with the campaign 1000 cities, 1000 lives, events in cities will be organized worldwide
The global goals of the campaign are:
In Lebanon, WHO is initiating the preparation for WHD 20 and is under the process of the preparation of a national campaign on this occasion in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, NGOs and other institutions. The National campaign would have the following slogan in Arabic:
" بلدي، مدينتي، صحتي""
فلنتشارك جميعاً لجعل مدننا مدناً صحية
يحلو فيها العيش!"
A national preparatory meeting on World Health Day 2010 was undertaken on 18 February 2010 in Coral Beach Hotel in Beirut under the Patronage of H.E. the Minister of Public health (MOPH) and H.E. the Minister of Interior and Municipalities (MOIM). The meeting was organized jointly between the MOPH and the MOIM with the support of WHO Country Office and in collaboration with UN-Habitat.
The objective of this meeting was to introduce and to inform the municipalities and all the stakeholders (personnel from the Ministry of Public Health, NGOs representative, Media, etc.) about the WHD theme of this year “Urbanization and Health” and what is “Health-Friendly Cities” to encourage cities and Head of Municipalities/Mayors to join the global movement of “1000 cities, 1000 lives” initiative and plan their activities according to their local context.
The head of the cities started to register their cities in the global movement and to plan for their activites related to the World Health Day 2010 campaign
Activities of WHD 2010 campaign:
The following activities will be undertaken on the occasion of the World Health day 2010 national campaign:
- A preparatory meeting was undertaken on 18 February 2010 to encourage cities and Head of Municipalities/Mayors to join the global movement of “1000 cities, 1000 lives” initiative and plan their activities according to their local context.
- A press Conference on 7 April 2010 during which the WHD 2010 campaign will be launched.
- Developing and Disseminating of WHD 2010 awareness material (poster, brochure)
- Media files to be prepared
- WHO country office is providing technical and necessary support to the cities and their related municipalities and NGOs to plan and undertake their activities regarding the National campaign on WHD 2010 and providing them with the related necessary material and documents (Municipalities of Sin El-Fil, Baakleen, Beirut, Mar Elias UNRWA camp etc.).
World Health day 2009 activities