WHO encourages municipal governments promoting Healthy City to incorporate health to all policies because various fields such as environment, city planning, housing, food, education, and industry need to collaborate in order to realize Healthy City. Based on this infrastructure, human health is fostered through health promotion activities in various settings as local communities, workplaces, schools, and homes.
It is civil volunteer groups who plays important role in these settings. They engage in health promotion in such fields as exercise, walking, improving dietary habit, stress reduction, etc. With grass-roots network, they involve many local residents. Municipal governments support proactively by offering commissioned projects.
On the other hand, many voluntary organizations face problems such as lack of funds and material, decrease in number of members, and aging of members. Also, collaboration between these groups is not very active. As the result, knowledge and experience are not sufficiently shared.
In this respect, NGO Healthy City Support Organization started “Healthy Partners” project which support the horizontal connection of voluntary health promotion groups through municipal governments.
Based on request and needs, HCSO provides goods and services to promote health among citizens.