Threats to urban health

By 2030, three-fifths of the world’s population will live in urban areas… And poverty in the poorest countries appears to have become more urbanized. An urban world with growing inequality bodes ill for the health of urban dwellers. In addition, globalization-the rapid global movement of capital, ideas, skills, and employment connected to the concentration of power in the private sector-is changing the urban physical and social environment… Developing countries have three significant urban health agendas, each linked to the issue of inequity between and within cities: the resolution of health problems stemming from (1) urban poverty, such as infectious diseases and poor nutrition, (2) the current “dirty” industrialization process, and (3) the social and political environment within cities… Many specialists argue that only when local governments gain control of the destiny of their cities will sustainable urban development become a reality and will we be able to achieve health security for all.

Stephens, Carolyn
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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