Local Lessons, Global Solutions in the Urban Health-Geography Nexus

Type: Panel
Theme: Geography, GIScience and Health: Building an International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN)
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Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Washington 6, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Yonette Thomas
Chairs: Yonette Thomas


The future of global health is urban and calls for a focus on the intersection of geography and urban health. The global development agenda has recently entered a new era under the Sustainable Development Goals framework. This framework presents a broad, universalist approach with a strong focus on equity, leaving no one behind. Cities are critical to the urban health/geography dynamic since 55 percent of the world’s population dwells in cities, with a projected growth of 2.5 billion by 2050. Significantly, 90 percent of that population will be in lower-and-middle-income-countries (LMICs) primarily in Africa and Asia. For example, despite being the least urbanized globally, sub-Saharan Africa is rapidly urbanizing, with its urban population is projected to reach 55% by 2050. In line with the Sustainable Development Goal agenda, understanding specific health and livelihood conditions of urban communities require adequate data at local levels often lacking through national surveys, which mostly provide national indicators that blur inter- and intra-sub-group inequities. The evidence suggests that urban residents have better health than their rural counterparts but that the advantages of urban life are unevenly distributed. Determinants of health include spatial geography, urban development and city governance; they include too access, distribution and maintenance of urban resources, amenities and infrastructures. In this panel, we discuss local solutions with potential global impact.


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