Urban Health

COVID-19: How Prepared is Urban India?

By |2020-06-24T14:42:21+02:00June 24th 2020|Housing & Informality, Urban Health, , , , |

The current pandemic is a serious challenge for Indian cities. But Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Simi Mehta and Arjun Kumar argue the outbreak of contagious diseases is less of a natural disaster – and maybe more of a man-made one. Of inequalities, poor infrastructures and the way forward.

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An Opportunity to Reshape the World in the Aftermath of the Pandemic – The UCLG Dialogue for the Post-COVID Era

By |2020-07-02T14:33:32+02:00June 22nd 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , |

Acknowledging that the international system needs to change substantially, United Cities and Local Governments Secretary General presents the organisation's political charter for a world after the pandemic.

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Resilience After Covid19 – A System-Thinking Approach

By |2020-06-22T12:37:21+02:00June 18th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , , , , , |

Resilience needs to be a priority in shaping the post-pandemic future, argues David Jácome-Pólit, outlining the advantages of system-thinking in urban planning.

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Making Water and Sanitation Work for the Poor in Kenya

By |2020-06-22T12:37:27+02:00June 16th 2020|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

A well-functioning system for water and sanitation must address the needs of under-served urban residents. Eden Mati-Mwangi shows how a systems-change approach can have a lasting impact on Kenya’s sanitations sector.

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Housing as Healthcare: COVID-19, Affordable Housing, and Urban Resilience in Asia

By |2020-06-22T12:37:37+02:00June 9th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health, , , |

To ensure that cities are healthy, residents need access to affordable housing, argues Andrew Jones from Reall – a social enterprise, innovator and impact investor that has been at the forefront of affordable housing for decades.

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Integrated Urban Development – Global Partnerships, Local Benefits

By |2020-06-30T09:31:09+02:00June 4th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban Health, , , |

Why tackle challenges alone, when there is so much to be gained from working together? How global peer learning strengthens cities in their role as leading actors of urban change. By the South African – German City Peer Learning Network.

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Migrants Hold the Key to Urban Resilience and COVID-19 Recovery

By |2020-06-22T12:37:54+02:00June 2nd 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , , , |

Migrants are critical to the resilience of cities all over the world and simultaneously some of the most vulnerable urban dwellers when disaster strikes. Michele Acuto and Daniel Pejic from Connected Cities Lab explain why addressing urban migrant vulnerability strengthens the resilience of cities and fast-tracks our recovery from COVID-19.

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Relaxation, Happiness, Health – Why We Need Urban Ecosystems

By |2020-06-22T12:31:59+02:00March 26th 2020|Green & Smart Development, Urban Health, , |

The importance of green spaces is increasingly acknowledged as an important aspect in urban development. Davide Geneletti calls on urban planners to properly understand the relationships between ecosystems and residents to make the most efficient use of the services ecosystems provide to cities and their residents.

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Urban Green Spaces Are Our Most Effective Tool to Improve Urban Life

By |2020-06-22T12:32:11+02:00March 10th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Green & Smart Development, Urban Health, , , |

Rapid urbanisation also means that the game for the quality of life and the health of the citizens will be won or lost in the cities. Barcelona-based architect Eloi Juvillà Ballester analyses the potential of urban green spaces as decisive component in this game.

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Urban Settings Need New Approaches

By |2020-06-22T12:40:35+02:00December 12th 2019|Economic Development, Energy & Waste, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , , , , |

The traditional relief-rehabilitation-development paradigm does not hold true in urban conflict zones. A combined approach of long-term support for systems reinforcing short-term support for individuals would meet people’s needs, secure development gains, and represent value for money. The cost of failing to adapt is simply too high, argues Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Urban Slums in Nigeria: Ensuring Healthy Living Conditions

By |2020-06-22T12:32:23+02:00October 25th 2018|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Health & Education, Housing & Informality, Urban Health, , , , , , |

Many of Lagos’ residents live in informal settlements with no or limited access to basic services. With new immigrants arriving from rural areas every day, pressure increases on the already poor living conditions. Comprehensive action is needed to tackle interconnected social, environmental and health issues, says Olaoluwa Pheabian Akinwale.

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Green Infrastructure in Mexico: A Booster for Healthier Cities

By |2020-06-22T12:32:33+02:00October 17th 2018|Green & Smart Development, Health & Education, Uncategorized, Urban Health, Urban Mobility, , , , , |

Citizens of Mexico City face serious health issues – due to failures in urban planning, says Auribel Villa. Green infrastructure development significantly supports cities' ways towards becoming healthier and thus more liveable.

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Promoting Healthy Municipalities in Central America and the Caribbean

By |2020-06-22T12:32:42+02:00October 4th 2018|Health & Education, Urban Health, , , , , |

Municipal efforts to improve access to health care can reduce existing inequalities in Central America and the Caribbean, says Agustín Muñoz del Guayo.

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Empowering Youth to Make Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health Decisions

By |2020-06-22T12:40:59+02:00October 2nd 2018|Health & Education, Urban Health, , , , , |

Rates of unplanned pregnancies and STD infections are high among youth in Kenya’s informal settlements. Jane Otai from Jhpiego calls for comprehensive education and non-judgmental health services.

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Let’s talk about Urban Governance − Abidjan, Ivory Coast

By |2020-06-22T12:32:52+02:00July 2nd 2018|Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Urban Health, , , , , , , |

There has been consent in international debates that implementing the SDGs requires approaching them from a local perspective. In this very personal account, Alexis Gueu talks about the challenges the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast is facing – and the urgent need for the municipality to develop urban governance structures to tackle these problems.

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