Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A bird flies over the Quba Mosque, north of the holy city of Madinah January 12, 2013.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A bird flies over the Quba Mosque, north of the holy city of Madinah January 12, 2013.

REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
 

JEDDAH: The Saudi city of Madinah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities.

The holy city gained the accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the global standards required to be a healthy city.

Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.

A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.

The city’s integrated program included a strategic partnership with Taibah University to record government requirements on an electronic platform for the organization’s review.

The WHO also recommended that the university provide training to other national city agencies interested in taking part in the healthy cities program.

A committee chaired by the university’s president, Dr. Abdul Aziz Assarani, supervised 100 members representing the 22 government, civil, charity and volunteer agencies.

Criteria included meeting goals set by the Madinah Region Strategy Project and the launch of a “Humanizing Cities” program.

According to WHO, “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.”

Copyright: Arab News © 2021 All rights reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate.info).

Disclaimer: The content of this article is syndicated or provided to this website from an external third party provider. We are not responsible for, and do not control, such external websites, entities, applications or media publishers. The body of the text is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis and has not been edited in any way. Neither we nor our affiliates guarantee the accuracy of or endorse the views or opinions expressed in this article. Read our full disclaimer policy here.

More From Health