Royal Tropical Institute
Our Cities, Our Health, Our Future: Urban Health
15 April 2013 – 5 July 2013 (part-time, approx. 8-10 hours per week)
“….. Urban citizens live in environments that offer both opportunities and threats for health. The poor in expanding urban slums often suffer from worse health indicators than the rural poor, with ‘urban averages’ hiding considerable inequalities between the poor and rich city dwellers.
The achievement of several of the MDGs depends on the improvement of the lives of the poor in urban areas. What is needed is a comprehensive package of interventions, starting from healthy public policies, involving community organizations, in an integrated approach involving all sectors.
It is this background and the complexity of the pathways and causal chains through which social determinants impact on health that make urban health a particularly challenging topic for public health professionals.