Almaty's experience in planning urban environment is useful to European region - WHO

25 October, 2018, 10:01 308
Almaty's experience in planning urban environment is useful to European region - WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) intends to expand cooperation with the city and continue working to support to improve the health of its population. 

Mayor Baurzhan Baibek and Director of the European Bureau of the World Health Organization Zsuzsanna Jakab discussed prospects for further cooperation on the margins of the Summit of Mayors of the European Network 'Healthy cities' taking place in the city, BNews.kz reports referring to a press service of the Office. 

Zsuzsanna Jakab highly praised the level of interaction of the WHO with Almaty and with Kazakhstan, noting the positive results reached both on health indicators and the modernization of the healthcare system. 

"Enhancement of the urban environment's comfort, the development of public transport, the creation of infrastructure for cyclists and for doing sports directly leads to the improvement of the health of citizens. As analyses have indicated that the proper urban planning enables to shorten the level of deaths from oncological and cardiovascular diseases by 25% on average. Almaty's experience can be useful not only to Kazakhstan but also to many cities of the European region," said the Director of the European Bureau of the Organization. 

According to her, the Declaration of Alma-Ata on Primary Health Care adopted 40 years ago is current up to these days after having played an important role at the international level. The WHO plans to expand cooperation with the city and to continue supporting to improve the health of its population.

"In the Address of the head of state, cities' sustainable development goals are reflected in full defining the country's further development. The creation of a comfortable and environmentally friendly urban environment, the high quality of education and health care following the example of the OECD states is key for us. We are interested in the experience of other cities in resolving such tasks and, firstly, in creating a quality highly developed medical environment," said Baurzhan Baibek. 

The Mayor of Almaty also held a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Summit, including Governor of Vologda Oblast of Russian Oleg Kuvshinnikov, as well as with the leadership of the Frane's Rennes, and the Dutch city of Utrecht. 

We note Almaty hosts the Summit of Mayors with the participation of Mayors and political leaders from all over the world who discuss the role of cities in preserving and enhancing the legacy of the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration.