Under the District Administration Scheme launched since 1982, Hong Kong is divided into 18 administrative districts. The first Healthy City Project (HCP) of Hong Kong was initiated in Sai Kung District in 1997. This first-ever HCP was featured by its bottom-up approach where tremendous efforts have been made in engaging the community to promote health awareness and to make collaborative efforts in building a healthy community. A cohesive partnership infrastructure across sectors conducive to sustainable development has also been built. Over the years, more and more districts in Hong Kong joined the “Healthy Cities” movement. When the Alliance for Healthy Cities was inaugurated in 2004, Sai Kung and Kwai Tsing Districts were among the founding members.
To consolidate the work of various administrative districts and to take forward the “Healthy Cities” initiative in a synergistic manner, the China Hong Kong Chapter of the AFHC was established in September 2007. The Inauguration Ceremony of the China Hong Kong Chapter cum “Healthy Cities” Forum was held on 14 September 2007 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Overseas speakers included Dr. Shigeru Omi, the then Director of the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office and academics/ experienced practitioners from Australia, South Korea, Japan, China and Macau. About 500 local and overseas delegates attended.
By the year 2009, all of the eighteen administrative districts in Hong Kong have established their HCPs, with structures and mechanisms tailored to characteristics and needs of individual districts.