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Symposium - URBAN HEALTH - URBAN LIVING: Global and local perspectives

When Sep 30, 2014 10:30 AM to
Oct 02, 2014 03:30 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar Room
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URBAN HEALTH - URBAN LIVING: Global and local perspectives


Rapid urbanization is a global contemporary phenomenon occurring particularly, but not exclusively, in low- and middle- income countries. Along with this process specific health risks are emerging at a massive scale outweighing in many cases the obvious benefits of improved infrastructure, more accessible health services and faster communication. The underlying causes are multiple and successful interventions require analytical skills of many disciplines: A wide range of expertise is needed to combine analytical tools from epidemiological, biological and social sciences with strategies to enhance communication between political decision makers, researchers, urban developers, health planners and economists in order to develop cost-effective prevention and treatment strategies at scale.

With the intention of integrating biological, psychosocial and ecological concepts of health in urban areas we have to go beyond a traditional biomedical understanding and strengthen the interaction with other disciplines in order to get a comprehensive understanding of urban health problems such as the rising prevalence of mental disorders as part of the dual burden of non-communicable disease (cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, obesity, developmental disorders and others) and communicable diseases (diarrhoeal diseases, respiratory infections, vector borne diseases and others).

The symposium on “urban health-urban living” will bring researchers and urban planners together in order to review key issues in urban health and identify priority areas for research and capacity building and enhance networking and collaboration among partners.

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