Partnership for Healthy Cities

The Partnership for Healthy Cities is a collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies, the World Health Organization, and Vital Strategies. It is a technical network. Cities can only join by invitation but no membership fees are required.

The network numbers 70 cities from all regions of the world, the majority from low- and middle-income countries. Each city has a population of at least a million inhabitants, including metropolitan areas. New members are invited very two years. The decision to join is made by the city’s mayor or governor, on receipt of an official invitation.

“Cities are engines of change, and the people who lead them are more important than ever. By uniting a network of mayors and city staff committed to lifesaving action, the Partnership for Healthy Cities will build a healthier world for all.” 




The network supports cities and their mayors to save lives by preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. Each city selects an intervention from one of 14 possible topic areas of NCD and injury risk. The network then provides:

• Technical assistance if needed.

• Financial assistance for activities.

• Communication support to make the city’s work visible.

Since March 2020, the Partnership has also supported cities’ responses to COVID-19.




Priorities for 2021-22 include city-level programmes on tobacco control, food policy, safe active mobility, road safety, opioid overdose prevention, and NCD surveillance. Support for cities’ responses to COVID-19 will also continue to be available.

“With a majority of the world’s population now living in urban settings, the Partnership for Healthy Cities recognizes that cities are uniquely positioned to transform the fight against NCDs and injuries, and is committed to helping cities save lives.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies 

World Health Organization

 Vital Strategies