Health promotion

Global Programme on Health Promotion Effectiveness (GPHPE)

The rationale of the Global Programme on Health Promotion Effectiveness is to focus on the principles, models and methods that relate to best health promotion practice, taking regional and cultural diversity into consideration.

What is the Global Programme on Health Promotion Effectiveness?

The GPHPE is a multi-partner project co-ordinated by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education in collaboration with the WHO and it aims to raise the standards of health promoting policy-making and practice world-wide by:

  • reviewing and building evidence of effectiveness in terms of health, social, economic and political impact;
  • translating evidence to policy makers, teachers, practitioners, researchers; and
  • stimulating debate on the nature of evidence of effectiveness.

Why is evidence of health promotion effectiveness needed?

We need evidence:

  • to identify the best possible ways to promote health;
  • to make decisions for policy development and funding allocation;
  • to demonstrate to decision makers that health promotion works and is an effective strategy in public health;
  • to support practitioners in project development and evaluation;
  • to show the wider community the benefits of health promotion actions; and
  • to advocate for health promotion development.

What is the Global Programme for Health Promotion Effectiveness about?

All work implemented under the GPHPE is carried out in order to provide the means of:

  • promoting health promotion among decision and policymakers, and administrators at all levels of governance;
  • communicating, not only to the above, but to a wider, more general public, what the field is about and its impact;
  • advocating for more support for health promotion, both in policies and in structural development; and
  • promoting best practice models in a variety of environments.

Key contributions of the Global Programme:

  • worldwide literature review covering a range of languages, acknowledging the regional and cultural variations necessary for effective health promotion;
  • defining the diversity in health promotion practice within countries and regions;
  • technical input for the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based projects worldwide;
  • examination of the concept and nature of evidence in selected countries, how it is collected, assessed and used;
  • assistance in the mobilisation of resources for evidence-based projects;
  • dissemination of project information and findings through conferences, print and electronic media: and
  • development of 'How to' guides for practitioners.

How can I contribute?

  • identify interventions and projects which have shown evidence of effectiveness;
  • take part in the planning, implementation and/or evaluation of a project;
  • help sustain the positive effects of effective projects;
  • assist in analysing data for project monitoring and evaluation purposes;
  • submit a review of an effective project.