Air pollution, Urbanization, and Health in the cities

Virtual Session link: Digital Session, Meeting ID: 962 9849 9523


Session objectives 

  1. To highlight the importance of air pollution as a driver of non-Communicable and Diseases and children’s health.
  2. To elucidate the key urban health challenges particularly in low-and middle- income countries.
  3. To propose solutions to address urban health challenges using a multi-disciplinary approach.
  4. To demonstrate the importance of multi-sectoral engagement and collaboration in improving urban health.

Session abstract

With over 55% of the global population currently living in urban areas, urban health remains an essential facet of global health especially in low-and middle- income countries (LMICs) where population growth is fastest. With a focus on Africa, it is projected that by 2050, 35-40% of children and adolescents globally will be living in Africa, and nearly 60% of the population of the continent will be living in urban areas. In the context of an increasingly urban and young population in African cities are challenges which make urban settings the epicenters of infectious and non-communicable disease epidemics. These challenges include inadequate housing and transport, poor waste management, low air quality and other forms of pollution such as noise, inadequate water, poor sanitation and hygiene, road traffic accidents, poor nutrition, violence, alcohol and substance abuse, and a shortage of space for walking among others. Urgent attention is therefore required to ensure the health and well-being of the population in urban settings in line with sustainable development goal (SDG) 3. Development of a participatory and collaborative urban health planning process, and increasing urban health stakeholders including policy makers, scholars and practitioners is key towards achieving sustainable urban development

Urban air pollution due to rapidly developing economies, urbanization and persistent use of household solid fuels in Africa is causing a public health emergency. In this session, we will explore this emerging public health threat in the context of rising non-communicable diseases and children’s health and discuss ways we can address this emerging public health challenge. We shall also discuss the key concerns affecting urban health, with particular emphasis on proposed solutions to addressing the vast challenges affecting the urban society. Presenters comprise both international and local experts in government, academia, and the private sector who will provide a wide range of perspectives on urban health and development and discuss their relevant research findings, lessons learned, and possible policy remedies that may be broadly applicable for sub-Saharan Africa

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