April 18, 2018, Lancet and Tsinghua University jointly release the report on China’s healthy cities, Dr. Jun Yang is the first author.

April 19, 2018

On April 18, 2018, Tsinghua university and the international famous academic journal the Lancet jointly held a conference in Tsinghua university to release the report on China's healthy cities — "Healthy Cities: Unlocking the Power of Cities for a Healthy China". The report was dominated by tsinghua university, with the abroad participation of National Health Committee, Bureau of Disease Prevention and Controlling, China's Agency of the World Health Organization, Global Evrionment Health Research Institute, University of the United Nations, University of California, Berkeley, and other institutions and universities. The 45 committee of experts and scholars take 2 years to complete it. The report analyzes the health challenges faced by cities in the context of China's rapid urbanization, summarizes the effectiveness and deficiencies of current countermeasures, and puts forward Suggestions for building healthy cities. More than 300 guests, media and audience attended the event. Especially, Dr. Jun Yang is the first author.

The CGTN and Xinhua News Agency both reported this conference. 

Building healthy cities important for China

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency & CGTN


China has adopted several approaches to urban health management, but more efforts are needed to build healthy cities, according to a special report jointly released by Tsinghua University and The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, on Wednesday. Titled "Healthy cities: unlocking the power of cities for a healthy China," the report was compiled by a committee of 45 experts from Tsinghua University, the National Health Commission, the World Health Organization, the University of California at Berkeley and other organizations. The report analyzed the health challenges faced by cities under the context of China's rapid urbanization, summarized the effectiveness and deficiencies of the current actions and proposed to build healthy cities.

According to Gong Peng, the leader of the report, although cities in China have

taken action to address health challenges, such as controlling environmental

pollution, improving livability of urban environments and strengthening

prevention and control of disease, challenges still remain. "China issued a

blueprint called 'Healthy China 2030' in 2016 and building healthy cities

should be well integrated into the plan for a healthy China," Gong said.

"City planners should integrate health in all policies by starting from

urban planning, increase public participation, set up suitable local goals,

assess progress periodically, and enhance research and education on healthy

cities," the report said. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, said that

the report showed not only China's commitment to high-quality and

environmentally sustainable development, but also China's important

contribution to world health.

Lancet, Tsinghua jointly release report on China’s healthy cities

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency & CGTN


The world-renowned medical journal, Lancet, and one of China’s most prestigious universities, Tsinghua, have jointly published a comprehensive report on building healthy cities in China. “Cities are key to the realization of a healthy China,” says the 46-page report, titled “Healthy Cities: Unlocking the Power of Cities for a Healthy China,” which aimed to characterize and address urban health challenges in the unique context of China’s rapid and dynamic urban development. In the past few decades, China has undergone what’s seen as the biggest and fastest urbanization in human history, and it’s by no means over. By 2030, China's cities will house close to a billion people. As a result, more people than ever now enjoy health benefits that cities can provide. But the mass mobilization has also created unprecedented health challenges, such as ageing, pollution, shifts in diet and lifestyle, and social inequality. 

The report, which took 45 exports from different countries and disciplines two years to compile, concludes that efforts to combat China’s urban health issues should be unified with the Healthy City movement, which calls for a systematic approach to health management. It recommended, among other measures, the integration of health into all policy making. “When we think about the health of a city, we have to go beyond simply the hospitals, the doctors, the nurses,” Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet, told CGTN. “The organization of the city, the economics of the city, the social organization in the city, the transport, the housing, the education in schools – all of these elements go to make up what a healthy city is.” The first Healthy Cities programs started in Europe in 1986. The ambition was to put health high on the social and political agenda of cities. In recent years, China has recognized health as the centerpiece of sustainable development, highlighted in the Healthy China 2030 plan. Released in 2016 by the State Council, it’s seen as a dramatic departure from the country’s traditional strategies. “In the past, health was just one of various goals for society advancement,” the Tsinghua-Lancet report points out. “By contrast, the new plan presents health as the foundation for all socio-economic development, calls for the integration of health into all policies, and emphasizes the importance of addressing the environmental and social determinants of health.”

While a national strategy has been put into place, few cities in China explicitly state an intent to incorporate health into urban planning, which is identified as one of the most important for developing healthy cities. “Poor urban planning and design are root causes for many urban health problems in China,” the report reads. Other gaps in the development of healthy cities in China include a top-down approach in which the public and private sectors are relegated to a secondary role, and a lack of intersectional cooperation for dealing with complex urban health issues. 


Yanglab @ Tsinghua University