Africa Group for Research, Education and Practice in Urban Health Working Group Meeting [PCW-12]

26 November 2018 | 9:00am to 1:00pm
Organizers: African Population and Research Center (APHRC).

This workshop is free of charge and open to all registered delegates.
To book email: Richard Hart.

Global development agenda has recently entered a new era under the Sustainable Development Goals framework (SDGs) The SDGs together present a broad, universalist approach with a strong focus on equity,  leaving no one behind. Despite being the least urbanized globally, sub-Saharan Africa is rapidly urbanizing, with its urban population projected to reach 55% by 2050. While cities continue to offer greater amenities, better employment opportunities and better services, they also concentrate risks and hazards for health, which is exacerbated by majority of urban dwellers living in slums or slum-like conditions that are detrimental to their living and health conditions. In line with the SDG agenda, understanding specific health and livelihood conditions of slum dwellers require adequate data at local levels often lacking through national surveys, which mostly provide national indicators that blur inter- and intra-sub-group inequities.  In this session, we draw on nearly two decades of work by APHRC among slum populations in Nairobi, Kenya, contributing rich evidence for policy-to-action in the important search for pathways to reduce health inequities and improve living conditions among the urban poor. This workshop will provide a unique platform for health scientists, policy makers, health geographers and urban planners, among others, to discuss innovations for urban health equity, evidence-based policy-making, monitoring and evaluation of interventions to determine what works. The workshop will be structured in two parts: the first part will include a number of presentations on dimensions of evidence generation and health program implementation processes. The second part will focus on discussion with workshop participants on the added-value, opportunities and challenges in urban health research to elicit interest of African and Africanist researchers and highlight the need for funding investments in data at local levels as an important component of addressing urban health challenges.

  • Presentations: (1) Does the urban advantage still hold? Change and continuity in the informal settlements of Nairobi. (2) Using data for decision-making (3) Participatory approaches to mapping health services in slums (4) Implementing health programs in slums: challenges and opportunities (5) Non-communicable diseases in the slums: silent killer (6) Air pollution in the slums (7) Urban obesity in Africa: a rising tide!
  • Presenters: Prof. Blessing Mberu (PhD), Damazo T Kadengye (PhD), Caroline Kabaria (PhD), Pauline Bakibinga (MB Ch B, PhD), Gershim Asiki (MB Ch B, MSc, PhD), Kanyiva Muindi (PhD), and Dickson Amugsi (PhD).


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