Health promotion

7th Global Conference on Health Promotion


Nairobi conference closes with adoption of Call to Action

The Nairobi Global Conference on Health Promotion, Kenya, October 2009, closed with the adoption and declaration of the Nairobi Call to Action which reflected the collective views of over 600 international participants from more than 100 countries. Using multiple participatory processes, the Call To Action identified key strategies and commitments urgently required to close the implementation gap in health and development through health promotion., a social networking site for health promotion practitioners launched, a social networking site for health promotion advocates, facilitated virtual participation at the 7th Global Conference on Health Promotion. It aimed to achieve seamless interaction and participation across onsite and online participants. In the first 24 hours, C2C received over 1000 accounts, 300 visitors from 51 countries, each visiting an average of 9.92 pages, and staying on the site for an average 12 minutes 51 seconds.

About the conference

Promoting health and development: closing the implementation gap

7th Global Conference on Health Promotion organized by WHO and Kenya Ministry of Public Health will be held in Nairobi, 26-30 October 2009. It is the latest in the series, which began in Ottawa in 1986 and produced the Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion. The benchmark conference was followed by Adelaide in 1988, Sundsvall 1991, Jakarta 1997, Mexico-City 2000 and Bangkok 2005.

The urgency of health promotion

Health and development today face unprecedented threats. The financial crisis threatens the viability of national economies in general and of health systems in particular. Global warming and climate change exert a toll in human life, especially in lower income countries. Security threats create a sense of shared uncertainty for communities around the world.

In this context, health promotion has never been more timely or more needed. Over the period from the Ottawa Conference through the six global conferences to Bangkok, a large body of evidence and experience has accumulated about the importance of health promotion as an integrative, cost-effective strategy, and as an essential component of health systems primed to respond adequately to emerging concerns.