The future of health and well-being lies in stopping diseases before they
start. In a world of growing populations, changing demographics and shrinking
health budgets, preventative action will be a critical part of health care –
which means more systematically engaging people in their own health care and
lifestyle. This is especially true for non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory conditions, diabetes and
mental disorders together cause around 68% of all deaths every year and
represent an enormous social and financial burden for individuals and the
health systems that serve them.
In settings constrained by poverty, limited health infrastructure and human-resource
capacity, people are far less likely to access timely, adequate or affordable
diagnosis and care. As a result, these preventable diseases are often detected at a
late stage, increasing the likelihood of largely preventable, premature death. In
cities around the world, urbanization is accelerating this NCD epidemic by
increasing the number of people exposed to common risk factors for NCDs—such as
physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, tobacco use, air pollution, physical waste,
and alcohol abuse—as well as by placing greater demand on health systems that are
already stretched thin.
One of the most promising solutions to the issue of ‘urban unhealthiness’ is the
World Health Organization’s (WHO) Healthy City program, which aims at making health
considerations an integral part of urban design and management. While not new, this
program is of growing relevance today as the global community seeks mechanisms to
fight urban health challenges, including NCDs. Indeed, mobile and digital health
solutions can help increase access to information and services leading to health
enhancing behaviour change. This is especially promising in increasingly connected
urban centres and cities.
In 2016, recognizing the powerful link between the urban environment (SDG11) and
good health (SDG3), global leaders signed The Shanghai Healthy Cities Declaration,
a commitment to unlock the full potential of cities to promote health.
Through this declaration, more than 100 mayors committed to ten Healthy City action
areas including the delivery of basic needs to residents (education, housing,
employment and security), eliminating pollution and tackling climate change,
investing in children, making the environment safe for girls and women, improving
the health and quality of life of the urban poor, informal settlement dwellers,
migrants and refugees, addressing multiple forms of discrimination against people
living with HIV/AIDS or disabilities, making cities safe from infectious disease,
designing cities to promote sustainable urban mobility, implementing sustainable
and safe food policies and making the environment smoke free.
Hack for Health results
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The WSIS Hack for Health is open to individuals pursuing an undergraduate or a post-graduate degree with specific emphasis on health, science, computer science, design, engineering, ICT and other related fields.
Teams should consist of a minimum of three people and maximum of seven people.
Teams should promote gender equality.
As possible, the teams should encompass both technical and functional competencies.
Register to the WSIS Forum here.
Register for the Hack for Health Hackathon here.
WSIS Forum, organized in association with ITU and IEEE in collaboration with Be He@lthy, Be Mobile (ITU-WHO)
Develop an innovative digital solution to reduce exposure to
common risk factors for non-communicable diseases in smart,
healthy cities in middle-and lower-income countries. This
solution can be a mobile application, web application,
computer game, game for mobile devices, or other
visualization tools or technology applications to address
some of the challenges.
Discerning water purity
General wellness and well-being awareness
Finding Clean Water
Reducing intake of harmful substances
Creating health and financial incentives to drive behaviour change
Empowering individuals to make healthier choices
An application combined with sensors that help track and reward the adoption of an active alternative to get around the home or city (walk, bike, stairs) rather than a passive (drive, bus, elevator) method.
A solution that helps a user identify healthy alternatives by scanning labels and comparing across a database of products (e.g. smart shopping cart for diabetic): could include a salt filter, a sugar filter, a fat filter etc.
An application that uses crowd-sourcing and geo-location to report on quality, reliability, availability of food products in farmer’s open markets using ratings, rankings, pictures and geo-localization.
An application that helps users transition high fat, sugar or calorie home-made dish (or an unhealthy eat-out option), into a healthier alternative, leveraging big data (calorie and ingredient converters), crowd-sourcing methods (recipes, photos, video tips and tricks) and other data.
View the more 100 confirmed high-level speakers.
WSIS Forum 2017 Chairman & High-Level Track Facilitators
The WSIS Forum 2017 Chairman and the 14 WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Track Facilitators announced.
High-Level Policy Sessions
Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organization are invited to register for a speaking slot for their high-level officials.
WSIS Photo Contest.
Join the first ever WSIS Forum Photo Contest
Call for Official Submissions to the WSIS Secretariat on the Thematic
Aspects and Innovations on the Format.
• Share your views the thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the forum
• Recommend speakers
• Request thematic workshops
• Request exhibition stalls
Call for Major Stakeholder Coordination Mechanisms following the WSIS
Process to Identify and Nominate High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTFs)
for the WSIS Forum 2017.