Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
Evaluation of Urban HEART
With the cooperation of respective authorities in Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, an independent evaluation on the process of piloting Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART) was conducted for 15 cities in 2011–2012.
These independent evaluation reports will serve as a useful resource for stakeholders who want to learn from the experience of cities in different contexts in utilizing the tool to address health inequities. The evaluation will also provide important lessons for WHO to better support cities in implementing Urban HEART.
In collaboration with the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Japan International Cooperation of Welfare Services and WHO Country Office in the People’s Republic of China, WHO Kobe Centre received the fellowship visit of four officials from Dalian City, China on 25-26 April 2013.
This year's World Health Day, 7 April 2013, WHO and partners focus on the global problem of high blood pressure.
In commemoration of this year's World Health Day, the WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre - WKC) organized an open forum in Kobe.
* The outdoor blood pressure check event was cancelled due to strong wind.
Measuring urban health
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Interventions on urban health
11%of the world population are protected by national smoke-free lawsInterventions on urban health
Urban health emergencies
600 000deaths occurred worldwide as a result of weather-related natural disasters in the 1990sUrban health emergencies