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.
07:00 am - Hackathon continues
08:00 am - Pitch training (15-20 minutes); Select Team Reps;
08:20 am - Final development & pitch creation
12:30 pm - Code Freeze - Judging / Pitches Begin
01:30 pm - Pitches end / Judging & Deliberation
01:45 pm - Reconvene - Awards / Announcements & Closing Remarks
02:00 pm - Hackathon Ends
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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.
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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.