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To encourage cities to continue to innovate and demonstrate effective and efficient ways of promoting and protecting health of urban populations, WHO and the Alliance for Healthy Cities recognize and award outstanding work in certain defined areas.


Healthy Cities Recognition and Awards 2018

WHO-WPRO Healthy Cities Best Practice Recognition and Awardees of AFHC Awards for Healthy Cities were announced on October 17, 2018 during the 8th Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities, hosted by Kuching Healthy City, Sarawak, Malaysia.

    WHO-WPRO Healthy Cities Best Practice Recognition 2018

WPRO Healthy Cities Recognition Submissions: 39 applications from 19 cities across 5 countries Submissions by Country: China 6, Hong Kong 2, Japan 8, Republic of Korea 22, Singapore 1

1. Accessible Cities

Zhangjiangang, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China
Creating and promoting the accessibility of home space for families with disabled member
Creating and promoting accessible physical and informational environments

Owariasahi, Japan
Making an accessible city with the involvement of residents

2. Air Quality and Health

Taicang, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China
Take multiple measures to energetically improve ambient air quality

3. Restrictions on Exposure to Alcohol Advertising, with a Focus on Young People

Changwon, Republic of Korea
Sound and healthy young people with regulated marketing of drinking

4. Community Outreach to Improve Health Literacy and Self-care for Better Management of NCDs

Fukuroi, Japan
Japan's most culturally rich and health-conscious city: Extending healthy longevity, by the people, for the people

Gangdong-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Strengthening community health system for NCDs prevention and control at the local level

5. Physical Activity (Active City for Walking and Cycling)

Changwon, Republic of Korea
Good connectivity changes the world

Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Healthy City Yangcheon - Full of vitality in everyday life

Health Promotion Board Singapore
Sit Less, Move More - Increasing incidental physical activity among Singaporeans

6. Promoting Healthy Diet through a Healthy Food Environment

Fukuroi, Japan
Promotion of healthy dietary habits utilizing food education activities and school lunch with producer participation

Songpa-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Children's Healthy Weight Project

7. Protecting Children from marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages

Siheung, Republic of Korea
Improvement of children's ability to choose the right food by utilizing local resource convergence programs

8. Engagement with the Private Sector in Pursuing Tobacco Control

Songpa-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Smoke-Free Clean Songpa

WHO Regional Director's Recognition

Wonju, Republic of Korea



 AFHC Awards for Healthy Cities 2018

Submissions: 33 applications and organizations across 5 countries

Award for Creative Developments in Healthy Cities

Category 1 - Achieving SDGs through Healthy Cities Programs
Fukuroi City
Community Development of Fukuroi City as Japan's Most Culturally Rich and Health Conscious City
Hsinchu City Healthy City Promotion Association
Building a happy and safe city for the elderly through long-term care system
Healthy Cities Illawarra
"We're all in this together" - Pursuing the SDGs through localised action
Kaohsiung Healthy Harbor City Association
Livable Lohas in Kaohsiung City
City of Owariasahi
Owariasahi City Activities and SDGs of Healthy City
Siheung City
The borderless workplace and living zone that are united through health (Construction of Healthcare System for Foreign Workers through Siheung Smart Hub)
Taoyuan Healthy Promotion Association
"Land of a Thousand Ponds" - A Pond Park in Every District

Category 2 - Healthy Settings and Non-communicable Diseases Control
Beitou Health and Safety Promotion Association
The mode of NCDs community services - connecting partnerships of basic organizations and developing "Xinyi Neighborhood Health Day"
City of Changwon
Self-evaluation of strong blood vessil, healthy blood vessel
Kwai Tsing District, Hong Kong SAR
Kwai Tsing Health System - Enhancement of Communit Health Care
Siheung City
Creating a Healthy Misan in the Fight Against Non-communicable Diseases with Citizen Activists
Songpa District, Seoul
The Community Health Sheriff Program of Songpa District

Category 3 - Good Health Systems towards Universal Health Coverage
Dongtai City
Internet Plus Smart Health Project Construction
Shilin Health Promotion Association
I-Health – Unobstructed information for E-prevention of Cancer
Siheung City
Health center where residents directly determine their health life

Category 4 - Planning for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness
City of Changwon
Changwon City One Health-based Strengthening of Common Response System against
Fukuroi City
To Achieve Zero Casualities: Community-Initiated Disaster Prevention Measures
Paranaque City
Riders In Disasters and Emergency ResponSe - R.I.D.E.R.S
Tainan Healthy City Association
All you (Firefighter) need is in your phone
Alliance for Taitung County Healthy City Promotion Association
Preparedness to emergencies triggered by climate change and to build resilient residence in Taitung
Health Promotion Association of Xizhi District
Xizhi - How a City Once Famous for Floods Gets Rid of Floods

Award for Progress of Healthy Cities

Award for Healthy City with Good Infra-structure
Fukuroi City
Nonsan City
Yangcheon-gu, Seoul

Award for Healthy City with Good Dynamic
Bucheon City

Award for Healthy City with Strong Action
Kwai Tsing District, Hong Kong SAR
Owariasahi City
City of Changwon
Gangdong-gu, Seoul

Award for Pioneers in Healthy Cities

Pong Scarlett Oi Lan, BBS, JP
Professor Datu Dr Andrew Kiyu


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