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Promoting health and development: closing the implementation gap

Date: 26–30 October 2009
Place: Nairobi, Kenya

The concepts and principles of health promotion have been shown to work across a variety of public health concerns; they enable people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health. In 2005, the Bangkok Charter called for a commitment to health promotion in the development agenda, across the whole of government, with civil society and in the private sector.

The 7th Global Conference on Health Promotion (7GCHP), organized by WHO and the government of the Republic of Kenya, is calling for a health-promoting approach to reduce the burden of priority public health problems and their inequitable distribution in a globalized world.

The Conference will examine the gaps and the role of health promotion in five main areas:

  • individual empowerment - health literacy and health behavior
  • community empowerment
  • strengthening health systems
  • partnerships and intersectoral action
  • building capacity for health promotion.

The immediate outcomes of the Conference will be a practical package of evidence on health promotion interventions that addresses the top health risks and the conditions with the highest disease burden and a conference statement calling for the inclusion of health promotion outcomes within the design of development programmes

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