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15th International Conference on Urban Health

Managing Urbanisation for Health: A priority for all nations

26 - 30 November 2018 | Kampala, Uganda

The theme for ICUH 2018 is Managing Urbanisation for Health: A Priority for All Nations.

The SDGs and the New Urban Agenda have set a monumental task for the world, with a first-ever focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with urban areas. In developing economies, many urban challenges are compounded by the threat of climate change, by widespread informal settlements, and by the long-term health effects of the built environment. Across all nations, the challenge of effectively managing the process of urbanisation to prevent disease and improve health outcomes presents a critical challenge. Achieving the NUA and the SDGs in urban areas requires ownership of these agendas not only at the national level, but also at the local and individual level. ICUH 2018 provides an opportunity for practitioners, academics, communities, and policymakers from all levels to share knowledge and learning from around the world to help stimulate effective management of our urban areas for health and health equity.

The conference has identified six critical sub-themes that must be addressed to maximise the positive impact of urbanisation and create cities that promote health in all settings where people live, work, play, and learn:

1.The Governance of Complex Systems
2. Culture and Inclusivity
3. Disasters, Epidemics, and the Unexpected
4. Cities as Economic Engines
5. Safety, Security, and Justice
6. Spiritual Health in the City

Extended theme information is available here.

Reasons to attend ICUH 2018:

  • Identify challenges and strategies to informing implementation of the SDGs and The New Urban Agenda
  • Meet experts from across sectors and disciplines to address the broader determinants of health
  • Expand your research and practice networks with colleagues from the global North and South
  • Share urban health challenges and solutions with policymakers and practitioners from high, middle and low income settings
  • Contribute to the evidence base for urban health policies and practice
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Plenary speakers
  • Jennifer Musisi, Kampala City Council Authority, Uganda
  • Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda
  • Desmond Appiah, Accra Chief Resilience Officer, Ghana
  • Jutta Bakonyi, Durham University, UK
  • Mary Bassett, Harvard FXB Center of Health and Human Rights, USA
  • Jason Corburn, UC  Berkeley, USA
  • Mark Davies, IBM, UK
  • Hans Guttman, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Thailand
  • Philippa Howden Chapman, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Eunice Karanja Kamaara, Moi University, Kenya
  • Liza Kimbo, LiveWell Ltd, USA
  • Catherine Kyobutungi, African Population & Health Research Center, Kenya
  • Lidia Morawska, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Stuart Mwesigwa, Roofings Group, Uganda

  • Robert Ndugwa, UN Habitat, Kenya
  • Steffen Nielsen, Novo Nordisk A/S, Denmark
  • Aromar Revi, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
  • Tracy Robinson, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Mandivamba Rukuni, Barefoot Education for Africa Trust, Zimbabwe
  • Kawaldip Sehmi, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, UK
  • Hugo Slim, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland
  • Njeri Thirimu, Mater Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Agis Tsouros, International Adviser, UK
  • Sotiris Vardoulakis, Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), UK
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