Regional consultation on health of the urban poor
Other Titles(Mumbai, India, 13-15 October 2010
AbstractOne of the challenges of the 21st century is managing the accelerating pace of urbaization. Projections suggest that by the year 2030, six out of ten people all over the world will live in cities. By 2050 this proportion is likely to reach 70 per cent. Most of the growth in urban population will occur in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Currently, the urban population in South-East Asia is estimated to be about 600 million, of about 150 million are estimated to be poor. In the whole wake of the often unplanned and unregulated urbanization, the urban poor face physical, environmental, social and psychological problems. These impose a heavy burden of disease and inequity on the urban poor. There is an urgent need to identify biological, socio-cultural and financial determinants of health inequity in the urban poor in order to mount a multisectoral effort to address the health concerns of this burgeoning disadvantaged section of the population. To deliberate on the various facets of the health of the urban poor including the health status and determinants of the health of the urban poor and to discuss a framework of strategic actions to improve health and health care services for this segment of society, the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia organized a Regional Consultation on Health of the Urban Poor in Mumbai, India, in October 2010. In addition, policy makers, programme managers, experts and represen-tatives of civil society and academia from the Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region, participants from UNICEF, World Bank, USAID and Population Foundation of India attended the consultation. This publication is an account of the proceedings of the Regional Consultation.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2011). Regional consultation on health of the urban poor. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205757