Building Healthy Cities

Countries: India, Indonesia, Vietnam

Client(s): USAID

Services: Assessment, Applied Technology, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Strategic Planning, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Non-Communicable Diseases


The USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities project aims to embed a health equity lens into city policies, planning, and services while improving data flow for existing Smart Cities in India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Health and Smart Cities planning are related; decisions about transport, environment, sanitation, education, recreation, information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, and the built environment can have a major impact on health, despite being outside the health sector. When this decision-making is harmonized, it can improve access to health services, decrease lifestyle and environmental risk factors for poor nutrition and noncommunicable diseases, reduce speed of transmission during infectious disease outbreaks, and increase availability of usable data for urban health decision-making.

Building Healthy Cities will work in partnership with Smart Cities initiatives and urban health coordination structures to add value via improved health goals and metrics in proposed infrastructure and ICT projects, enhance interoperability of data systems, and increased efficiency of multisector urban spending. In addition, Building Healthy Cities can help Smart City citizens of every demographic have a voice in the process through integration of a mobile citizen reporting system. Our goal is to reduce confusion on how to consider health within the Smart City context, reduce time and costs of producing data for decision-making, and empower citizens to demand better health-related services.

Building Healthy Cities is implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), with partners the Urban Institute, United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM), and PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd (PwC).