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MOPH organizes "A Healthy City for Children" symposium in collaboration with "WISH" 

Publication Date:
29 October 2019
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MOPH is organizing the "A Healthy City for Children" symposium in collaboration with the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Musheireb, Doha, on Thursday 31 October, with the participation of decision makers and local and international experts.

The symposium showcases key local, regional and international plans, initiatives and experiences for innovation and the development of an action plan for a healthy city for children in Qatar and focuses on addressing childhood obesity in the urban environment.

This symposium will officially mark the start of a journey for building a coalition of policy-makers, researchers, academics and leaders from different sectors and industries to improve health and wellbeing based on the “Health in all policies” approach, which is one of the National Health Strategy’s priorities. 

The symposium will review regional and international experiences in the field of healthy cities, such as those developed in Tirana, the capital of Albania, the Kingdom of Sweden, as well as in Kuwait and Oman.

The symposium will include two key panel discussions under the theme "The challenges of combating childhood obesity at the city level: Reflections on international experiences" and “Vision for a healthy city in Qatar: solutions, sustainability and commitments" with the participation of local and international officials and experts. Furthermore, there will be two workshops: “Health policy: Polices needed for Healthy City for Children.” and "Health Curricula: The role of schools in education and the provision of healthy food and drink to healthy children." The symposium also supports the priority of “Healthy children and adolescents" in the National Health Strategy 2018-2022. 

It is worth noting that a healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential. The "Health in All Policies" approach will offer healthy choices and make our cities a more child-friendly environment for children to live, play, learn and grow better.

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