World Health Day

WHO/Linda Horvath

On 9 April 2010, on the occasion of the World Health Day 2010, WHO Country Office, Hungary, with the Hungarian Association of Healthy Cities, held a press conference to launch national World Heath Day programmes and to promote the Day’s core messages.

With the participation of Dr Zsofia Pusztai, Head of the Country Office; Mr Antonio de Blasio, Secretary General of the Hungarian Association of Healthy Cities; Dr Janos Zlinszky, Head of Department of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations; Ms Agi Szaloki, one of the most popular folk singers in the country; and Dr Denes Kemeny, Trainer and President of the three-time Olympic champion Hungarian men’s water polo team; the press conference aimed to draw the attention of the public and the decision-makers to the challenges of urbanization to health and the environment and the related increasing health inequalities. The message was that it is essential to implement more health-conscious urban planning, to build safe, inclusive and healthy cities based on a multisectoral cooperation.

Hungarian best practices are multiplying: the Hungarian Association of Healthy Cities has 23 members already, all organizing several short- and long-term events for World Health Day, such as health markets, disease prevention and healthy lifestyle promotional programmes.