Health promotion

Book Webinar: Health in All Policies

An invitation to all WHO Member States to attend the Conference

Statement by Health Promotion Unit, Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO, Geneva

All WHO Member States have been invited by the WHO Director-General to take part in the Eighth Global Conference on Health Promotion. The conference aims to support Member States in developing and strengthening structures, mechanisms, practices and tools for policy making taking into consideration the health impacts of the policies.

It is important and necessary to facilitate wide participation in the Conference. Health in All Policies (HiAP) is of great relevance to countries of all levels of development, including least developed countries. The HiAP approach is essential to improving population health and equity, given that the cause of many diseases, both communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and their risk factors and other underlying determinants, lie beyond the reach and control of Ministries of Health.

While HiAP is increasingly considered a priority in public health decision making and becoming more commonly used in high-income countries, the application of HiAP in low-and middle-income countries (LMI) remains relatively limited. Although, public policy makers in LMI countries are challenged to take into account the root causes of poor health when making decisions, their requests for technical support to scale up HiAP efforts through expertise, remain largely unreciprocated.

The need for HiAP in developing countries is vital and imminent, in view of the weak physical infrastructures such as lack of or inadequate supply of clean water and waste management, lack of social protection, over-emphasis on economic development and weak regulation for environment and human protection, as well as the limited capacity of health systems.

As the key outcome of the Conference is a Framework for Country Action, together with an Advocacy Statement, it is critical, therefore, to ensure participation of representatives from LMI countries to share their country-experiences through presentations and take active participation in the development and finalization of the Framework and Statement.

With joint effort between WHO and the Government of Finland, with support from Member States, and in accordance with resolution WHA50.1, special consideration will be given to delegates from countries which are classified as “least developed countries” by the United Nations by providing financial support to one delegate per least developed country.

We look forward to seeing and working with experts from as many countries as possible at the Conference.