Implementation of Urban HEART

Under the City Wide Investment Plan in the Philippines, Urban HEART has been recommended as the tool for assessing and monitoring health in cities. Urban HEART was piloted in 7 cities across the country in 2008-09 with cities setting up ordinances to sustain the application of the tool.

Cities which piloted Urban HEART in Philippines

  • Davao
  • Naga
  • Olongapo
  • Parañaque
  • Tacloban
  • Taguig
  • Zamboanga

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.


Urban HEART around the world

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Nakuru, Kenya

Inequities in access to basic services and infrastructure was revealed in the process of piloting Urban HEART in Nakuru, Kenya

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Tehran, Iran

Tehran, Iran, has conducted a survey on Urban HEART indicators which is representative of its 22 municipalities, enabling an in-depth analysis of inequities

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Parañaque city, Philippines

In Parañaque city, Philippines, Urban HEART results enabled municipal authorities to identify priorities, not only in health, but also in related determinants of health.

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