"Brussels Healthy City Region" project, WHO

The Brussels Capital Region is part since 2003 European network of "Healthy Cities" of the World Health Organization . This label brings together cities engaged in a process of horizontal construction of public health, including the following four central pillars:

the fight against social inequalities in health

"health in all policies" - is the development of a cross centered on health in all policies skills of a city vision

the process of promoting participatory health (citizen participation in promoting their own health and well-being) and finally

work on the social and economic determinants of health (and not just the symptoms of poor health possible, but upstream thereof and to try to prevent).

The draft 2001-2012

This mission was assumed from 2001 to 2013 through a non-profit organization subsidized by all Brussels ministerial cabinets (vzw " Brussels Healthy City Region"), and the region has been awarded the WHO since 2003.

The association worked with one hand, a Board of Directors composed of representatives of firms supporting the project, which assumed the administrative conduct and financial support, and secondly with a "Technical Committee", which assumed the support and accompanying field projects themselves. The Technical Committee was composed of representatives of administrative bodies or non-governmental organizations, all support materials is intersectoral health or specific but related to one or other of the socio-economic determinants of health (for example, the also that various institutions Actiris , The STIB , Bruxelles-Propreté or the LOGO ... participated in the debate on the establishment of a positive health and well-being transversal approach).

The new BVS project

Since January 2103, the BVS project was entrusted to the administration of COCOM And more precisely to the Observatory of Health and Social Brussels, in order to expand the actions at several neighborhoods to the entire regional territory.

In this context, the first task of the Observatory (currently on the run from 2013 to 2014), is to study the feasibility of continuing the mission in a modified framework: political actors would be grouped into a "platform political "actors on the ground in a ... "Platform of land!"

The first would place cross construction, inter-jurisdictional, a health policy that meets the WHO criteria, including working on the "determinants of health" upstream "symptoms".
The second is both the place of implementation of policies and plans developed in any political platform strategies, and place of crystallization and "rise" of field observations regarding the health needs of residents. This field platform is a kind of "laboratory" of health practice where creative collaborations could emerge between actors who have not perhaps been build without the context
"Healthy City WHO."

This study is now completed. The study report shows the history of the project, the results of interviews conducted with the Brussels actors of social-health field  and representatives of Ministers cabinets and administrations, a summary of the views expressed and a proposal for next steps

Check the report (September 2013-August 2014) only in French or in Dutch

Check archives of the BVS 2001 project - 2013

WHO Healthy Cities project


Brussels Healthy City Region

Last update on 17/03/2015

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