Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

 The World Health Organization (WHO) ranked the Saudi city of Madinah 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 in order to be a healthy city.
Madinah is the be the first city; with a population of more than 2 million to be 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 also 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 that can take 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.”