8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP)
10-14 June 2013, Helsinki, Finland

WKC participation in the 8GCHP

The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP) was held in Helsinki, Finland, from 10 to 14 June 2013. The Conference has convened every few years since it was first organized in Ottawa, Canada in 1986, and it is the key event to advance the health promotion field, and presents an important opportunity for the WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) to share its work in urban health and intersectoral action for health.

WKC supported the conference through organizing 3 parallel sessions. All sessions were 1.5 hours, including two presentations, and time for questions and discussion with the audience.

Impact Assessment as a tool for implementing HiAP
10 June 2013 (16:15-17:45)

This session addressed the potential utility of Impact Assessment as a tool for policy makers to implement HiAP. Building upon the outcomes of a recent expert consultation on the topic hosted by WHO, this session took a closer look at how the health community can contribute to strengthening the attention to impacts on health through a focus on the determinants of health across various sectors.

The session was chaired by Dr Reiner Fehr, Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Germany.


Health Promotion and Urban Planning
11 June 2013 (11:00-12:30)

Urban planning is a powerful tool for policy-makers to improve the health of urban populations and ensure health equity in cities. The session aimed to promote intersectoral policies and activities for health promotion and urban planning sectors and to share experiences and practical tools on healthy urban planning.

This session was chaired by Dr Keiko Nakamura, Professor, International Health, Division of Public Health, Graduate School of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan.


Local government as a key player in implementation of HiAP
11 June 2013, (11:00-12:30)

Local governments can play a pivotal role in improving health and health equity as they often have direct influence on a wide range of urban health determinants, and are also advantaged in terms of proximity to citizens and potential participation. This session examined how HiAP is implemented, and discusses the challenges and opportunities for HiAP at the local government level. Examples of local governments that have successfully implemented HiAP were shared.

The session was chaired by Dr Ling Chew, Director, Research & Strategic Planning, Health Promotion Board, Singapore.


Innovating financing for health promotion
12 June 2013 (17:00-18:30)

Source: http://www.healthpromotion2013.org/

Presentation by Mr Alex Ross, Director, WKC:

In the past decade, WHO and its development partners have developed different strategies for global innovative financing for health for various health conditions, as well as strategies to spur intersectoral action for health. The presentation introduced lessons from past global initiatives as well as to rethink how global initiatives can be tailored nationally to support health promotion goals. These include the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; GAVI; the Solidarity Tobacco Contribution concept; the UNITAID airline tax levy; the IFFim; Debt-2-Health; Product Red; Financial Transaction Tax, and others. There are also several examples of national innovative financing strategies and mechanisms that can support health. These include the use of tobacco and alcohol taxes (for example in supporting national health promotion foundations), taxes on mobile phone use, remittances from persons living abroad, as well as various resources mobilized by local nongovernmental organizations and potentials for appropriate partnering with private sector.