Addressing health of the urban poor in South-East Asia Region: challenges and opportunities
AbstractOne of the challenges of the 21st century is managing the accelerating pace of urbanization. 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%. 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 which about 150 million are estimated to be poor. In the 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. This publication provides an overview of the health of the urban poor in Member-States of the WHO South-East Asia Region: describes socio-cultural factors that impact their health and challenges in health programming for the urban poor: and, proposes a strategic framework of multisectoral action to address issues related to access and equity in health for the urban poor in south-East Asia.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2011). Addressing health of the urban poor in South-East Asia Region: challenges and opportunities. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204753