Urbanisation and Health

Session title Urbanization and health: a critical global health concern of the 21st century
Coordinator Dr. David Musoke (dmusoke@musph.ac.ug)
Hosts Makerere University School of Public Health
Session objectives
  1. To elucidate the key urban health challenges particularly in low-and middle- income countries.
  2. To propose solutions to address urban health challenges using a multi-disciplinary approach.
  3. 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.

In this session, we shall discuss the key concerns affecting urban health, with particular emphasis on proposed solutions to addressing the vast challenges affecting the urban society. Speakers in the session will include key local and global stakeholders including policy makers, academia and civil society who will provide a wide range of perspectives on urban health and development.

Session Format
(select one)
Panel Discussion 9 Workshop Plenary
Chairs Chair: Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze, Dean Makerere University School of Public Health
Co-Chair: Dr. Sarah Byakika, Commissioner Planning, Ministry of Health Uganda
Speakers Title Contact Status
Speaker 1 (Policy/Government)

Dr. Daniel Okello, Director Public Health Services and Environment, Kampala Capital City Authority


Urban health challenges, opportunities and innovations in a low-income country: a case study of Kampala

dokello@kcca.go.ug Confirmed
Speaker 2 (Implementing partner)

Dr. Lisa Nelson, Country Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Uganda

Urban settings in Uganda: a case of infectious diseases lbn9@cdc.gov Confirmed
Speaker 3 (Academia – 1)

Prof. Jo Ivey Boufford, Professor of Global Health, New York University, USA

Cities as drivers of global health jo.boufford@nyu.edu Confirmed
Speaker 4 (Academia – 2)

Prof. Fred Wabwire-Mangen,
Professor, Makerere University School of Public Health

The role of academia in improving urban health fwabwire@musph.ac.ug Confirmed
Speaker 5 (Optional)

Prof. Suki Mwenda, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Kenya Technical Institute

How can we achieve healthy cities in the East African region? ksuki@tukenya.ac.ke

Event Timeslots (1)

PD 9