Mayors of 24 states discussed the role of cities in preserving Alma-Ata Declaration's legacy

24 October, 2018, 11:05 402
Mayors of 24 states discussed the role of cities in preserving Alma-Ata Declaration's legacy

According to the Mayor's of the city of Almaty, all Mayors share the same wish to care a comfortable urban environment for citizens. 

In Almaty, the Summit of Mayors of cities gathered Mayors and political leaders from around the world to discuss the role of cities in the preservation and strengthening the legacy of the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration, BNews.kz correspondent reports. 

Kazakhstan has held the Summit of Mayors for the first time, which was timed to the 40th anniversary since the singing of the Alma-Ata Declaration on primary medical and sanitary aid and the 30th anniversary since the formation of the European Network of the World Healthcare Organization 'Healthy Cities'. Its platform involves about 250 experts from 24 states, including 10 Mayors, 5 Deputy Mayors from Russia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Oman, Belarus, 26 representatives of city administrations from France, Great Britain, Russia, Albania, Latvia, Somali, India, Ghana, 16 representatives of the World Healthcare Organization, UNICEF and the World Bank from Switzerland, the USA, Denmark, Thailand, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan.  

"The Summit marks the two important dates, these events are global that we are proud of. I am glad to welcome the guests. The Summit is taking place in the largest urban city of Kazakhstan. Life-expectancy in the city is the highest in Central Asia. This meeting will allow for a special focus on the health of the population. Together with international consultants, we are designing a master plan until 2030. For us, an important task is to create a comfortable urban environment. Over the last two years, 60% of the city is modernized. Walking is healthy. Also, regular bicycle rides gather athletes from various states. We renew the bus park and switch to ecologically pure kind of fuel. Almaty supported the WHO to promote the child health. Yearly more than 50 large-scale sports events are held stimulating the youth to have control of their health," said Almaty's Mayor Baurzhan Baibek in his welcome speech. 

Photo credit: Sakhibam Sadyrova

Relating to the healthcare system, Baibek underlined that in Almaty the level of medical services was high. Healthcare, education, social protection account for a third of the city's budget, out of 2.5 billion dollars. 

"40 years ago, the Alma-Ata Declaration was adopted, owing to which the issues of primary medical and sanitary care were among the main elements of the healthcare system as a whole. As of today, the city has more than 650 medical organizations, all of them work digitally, as well as equipped with modern devices. Medical tourism is been actively developing. In 2019, we jointly with Japan will begin the construction of a Diagnostics centre. Joint projects with clinics of Europe, America and Russia are under discussion. All MAyors share the same wish to create a comfortable urban environment for citizens," said the Mayor.

Photo credit: Sakhibam Sadyrova

The Summit's participants discuss such issues as the role of cities, municipal establishments and regions regarding the preservation of necessary attention to primary medical and sanitary care and the achievement of universal health care coverage at the national level; the contribution of healthy cities to public healthcare, social justice and addressing the challenges caused by migration; the role of cities, municipal organizations and regions in the preservation and increasing of the legacy of the Alma-Ata Declaration. 

On 24 October, it is planned to hold three sessions, following which the final version of the Almaty statement of Mayors will be adopted.