UNHCO activities aimed at health development give priority to health outcomes in poor, disadvantaged or vulnerable groups in emering nations. UNHCO programmes and projects aimed at improving their health status according to the context of the UNHCO agenda. UNHCO supports projects worldwide to provide people in third world countries with clean water, sanitary facilities, sufficient food and satisfactory medical care. The projects and principles of health promotion have been shown to work across a variety of public health concerns; they enable people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health.
Preventing and treating tropical diseases such as Dengue and Malaria are the cornerstones of the health and development agenda. The work of UNHCO is an approach to reduce the burden of priority public health problems and their inequitable distribution in a globalized world. The five main areas of health promotion:
- individual health
- community health
- strengthening national health systems
- partnerships and cooperation
- capacity for health promotion