Urban Health

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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“There are huge health risks in not dealing with solid waste” – An interview with Graham Alabaster from UN-Habitat (video)

By |2020-06-22T12:33:04+02:00April 6th 2018|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Energy & Waste, Health & Education, Urban Health, , , , , |

What are the linkages between solid waste management and urban health? And how can city governments improve waste management systems to reduce health risks? On the occasion of World Health Day, URBANET talked to Graham Alabaster, Chief of Sanitation and Waste Management at UN-Habitat.

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Cities are Engines of Transformation – and Urban Health is the Fuel

By |2020-06-22T12:41:16+02:00April 4th 2018|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Health & Education, Urban Health, , , , |

The benefits of cities are rarely distributed equitably. Particularly for the poor and disadvantaged, cities have a high rate of health hazards and risks. To address these dangers, city leaders need to take a multidisciplinary, rights-based approach. Maria Jose Amilibia argues that by leveraging cities’ unique opportunity to scale up essential services, we can truly transform the urban health landscape.

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Antananarivo, Madagascar: Partnership for water access transformation

By |2020-06-22T12:41:30+02:00December 14th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , , , |

In order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals related to water, sanitation and hygiene, the government of Madagascar has drawn up an action plan and commissioned JIRAMA, the country’s state-owned electricity and water provider, to improve access to safe water supply.

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Making a world without HIV by 2030 possible: Mayors and local governments as change agents

By |2020-06-22T12:33:17+02:00September 26th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health, , , , , , , , , |

HIV/AIDS continues to be a major health crisis around the world, especially in cities. As part of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa has vouched to eliminate AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Titus James Twesige explains the situation in Uganda and why mayors can drive positive change.

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Upscaling Sanitation for the Urban Poor in Kenya

By |2020-06-22T12:33:26+02:00August 29th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , |

Providing access to urban sanitation is challenging because of space limitations, complex land tenure and higher public health concerns in crowded settlements. This is especially true for low-income urban areas. For URBANET, Jane Njagi describes how this challenge has been tackled in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya.

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How Women and Men Experience the City. Gender in an Informal Urban Context

By |2020-06-22T12:33:40+02:00March 7th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, Urban Health, Youth & Gender, , , , , , , , |

Cities have complex relationships with gender. They challenge some models of traditional femininity and masculinity, and reinforce others. Our author Paula Meth explains how gendered relations play out in informal urban settlements.

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Urban Sanity. Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

By |2020-06-22T12:33:49+02:00February 16th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Health & Education, Urban Health, , , , , , , |

Does urban living threaten our mental health and happiness? Popular culture is rife with stories suggesting that city living causes emotional stress and unhappiness. Our author Todd Litman's review of the research indicates that city living has a variety of impacts on our mental health and happiness that reduce certain risks and increase others.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part III: Responding to the challenge of livability

By |2020-06-22T12:34:01+02:00November 29th 2016|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, Inclusion, Urban Health, , , , , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this third part, she talks about how Indian cities could be made more livable by improving urban services, mobility, public-private partnerships and the situation in slums.

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