Launched in 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the World Health Organization, and Vital Strategies, PHC provides municipal governments around the world with financial assistance to implement one of fourteen health interventions proven to reduce noncommunicable diseases and injuries and save lives, including eliminating smoking in public places, taxing sugary drinks, increasing motorcycle helmet use, and enhancing public health data and monitoring systems. The latest funding from Bloomberg boosts the total it has invested in the program to $20.5 million.
Cities joining PHC as part of the expansion are Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; Athens, Greece; Birmingham, England; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Dakar, Senegal; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Hanoi, Vietnam; Harare, Zimbabwe; Helsinki, Finland; Hong Kong; Istanbul, Turkey; Kumasi, Ghana; Muscat, Oman; Tokyo, Japan; Tunis, Tunisia; and Vancouver, Canada. The municipal government of Tokyo, where the expansion of the initiative was announced, will work with PHC in the area of air-quality monitoring.
"Today, cities are where the action is on issues from climate change to health, and the people who lead them are more important than ever," said Bloomberg Philanthropies public health program director Kelly Henning. "Governor [Yuriko] Koike is one of those key leaders. She understands the power of cities to not just make life-saving choices for people who live there but to serve as a model for the rest of the world."
"We are delighted to join this fast-growing network of seventy cities around the world that are committed to the public health and better lives of their citizens," said Koike. "We look forward to collaborating with the Partnership for Healthy Cities to have open dialog with member cities, share best practices, and learn from each other."