Partnership for Healthy Cities launched in Amman

Amman, Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, on Tuesday, the Partnership for Healthy Cities conference was launched in Amman with the participation of 35 countries.

The conference, held on the course of three days, is organized by the Amman Municipality in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO).

HRH Princess Dina said “Amman Municipality has teamed up with Partnership for Healthy Cities and taken up the challenge to transform Amman into a
smoke-free city. We desperately need this initiative as smoking has become so prevalent whereby 60% of men in Jordan are smokers and 24% of young people between the ages of 13 and 15 years are smokers.”

“Tobacco use in Jordan has reached a crisis point,” the Princess said, adding that “the time has come to implement a Health law to protect our citizens from future illness such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and respiratory illnesses,” stressing the importance of supporting this “noble endeavor” to save lives.

Secretary general of the Ministry of Health, Hikmat Abul Foul, stated that the implementation of the Healthy Cities Initiative can immensely support environment and health conditions, adding that this requires raising awareness on relevant topics while supporting and collaborating with the Jordanian community to establish health and environment projects.

Deputizing for the Mayor of Amman, Mervat Mhirat spoke about the importance of the conference for the city of Amman and its residents to become a healthy city, and said that all cities in the Middle East and the Arab world should follow suit, pointing that Partnership for Healthy Cities is an 18-month initiative.

WHO representative, Maria Cristina Profili, pointed to the importance of the role cities play in addressing smoking and other health issues, adding that the exacerbation of such issues limits the development of cities and countries because of the cost of treatment for these diseases.

Profili stated that Jordan has achieved positive progress in tobacco control, in cooperation with WHO since 2004, as the first country in the region to develop a framework for tobacco control.

Source: Jordan News Agency

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