Health promotion

Areas of work

The Health Promotion unit cover the following areas:

School health and youth health promotion

A health promoting school is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning, and working. Components of health promoting schools include formal and informal curricula in health; the creation of a safe, healthy and friendly school environment; the provision of appropriate health services; school health policies; and the involvement of the family and wider community in efforts to promote health.

Oral Health

Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is the state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing.

Methods for financing health promotion, strengthening capacity for health promotion and NCD prevention

The International Network of Health Promotion Foundations was established in 1999 to enhance the performance of existing Health Promotion Foundations and to assist the development of new Foundations.


Shanghai Declaration

A view of Shanghai airport.

The Shanghai Declaration on Health Promotion has been endorsed by the participants of the conference.

Contact us

WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND)
Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
20 Avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27
Telephone: +41 22 791 4426
Fax: + 41 22 791 4832