Urban health index

Based on recommendations from an international expert group, WHO Kobe Centre is investigating the feasibility and utility of constructing an urban health index to be used for benchmarking and priority-setting at the global level.

Numerous health indicators, either singularly or in a set, are used to measure the health status of urban populations at the local, national/regional and global levels. However, a single value based on a composite index, which is globally comparable, that summarizes a certain dimension of a population can potentially be very powerful in motivating high-level policy makers to take appropriate action (e.g. UNDP’s Human Development Index).

Learning from the successful development and application of an urban health index at the local (e.g. Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and national (e.g. Indonesia) levels, WKC is working with experts to construct an urban health index to be applied at the global level. The technical work is being led by the Center of Excellence in Health Disparities, Institute of Public Health, Georgia State University , in Atlanta, USA.

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